This entire narrative is one of power and celebration. We have a giant crowd that has been waiting for this meaningful event for generations. There is a symbolic ordering of the procession, the ark is positioned in the midst of a celebration, and the procession is full of music and...

Life-giving God, help me to celebrate what you do in the world, and help me to remember the joy that comes from your presence, even when others seek to take it away. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
July 8–14, 2024
Scripture Overview

The scriptures for this week focus on power and authority. The biblical narrative throughout the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament provides a framework for how humans should understand and engage with power. Power and authority belong to God, and part of God’s grace and compassion for the world and for humanity includes the unmerited grace offered to all. However, humans have agency. Scriptures are full of outlines of how humans should care for others, and how those who are on the margins are not asked to give from their scarcity. In contrast, those who have abundance in resources and wealth—which includes power—are asked to give up some of their abundance so that all may have what they need.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 2 Samuel 6:1-5 and 12b-19. What symbols carry power in this story, and where is the presence of God?
Read Psalm 24. What gives us a connection to God in this scripture?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. What is the connection between the infinite power of God and humanity’s need for grace?
Read Mark 6:14-29. Where is God present in the life and death of John the Baptist? Where is God present in your life?

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