Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday of Easter 6

Sometimes the italicized Additional Reading at the end of a selection contains important texts. Like today. Numbers 6:22-27, the Aaronic benediction. Which means more than just, "Time to put your coat on, church is almost over" as one member told me it meant to him when he was a child. This benediction puts the Triune* Lord's name on His people. The name that is a strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). The name that brings us forgiveness (Acts 10:43, from today's first reading in the 3 Year series) and salvation. The name which we do not take in vain, but use in our prayers - and even pray for its holy use. In these ways and many more, we are blessed in this name.

* note how many times the word "Lord" is used.

I hope to write more about Luke 15 later. But for now - how do you hear that Jesus "receives sinners and eats with them"? Lord, silence our grumbling, but cause our repentance that angels rejoice over.

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