[Uucf-bible] readings for reflection, discussion, from this Sunday's lectionary
wburres2002 at yahoo.com
Fri May 6 18:55:50 EDT 2005
Yes, rather than looking in oneself or in other, and doing the hard work here on earth (and yes it is hard work) many want it to be "out there" somewhere, or "up there" somewhere, i have been very impressed by the gospel of Thomas, which give in many ways a very different picture of Jesus, and his message. yes, it takes hard work
RevRonRobinson at aol.com wrote:
Getting back to posting readings from the lectionary, just in time for the
ending of Eastertide, Ascension Sunday, and soon Pentecost.
Here in Acts, among other things, there is one of my favorite scenes in the
Christian scriptures, where the disciples are rebuked for staring up into the
clouds looking for Jesus, the Holy, etc. instead of looking for him in carrying
out his mission back in the dust and heat of their own lives and world.
Wonderful anti-Rapture, seems to me.
Then a classic Psalm, one of those liberation texts about whose side God is
And then a bit of classic essence of Johanine Christology too, with it seems
to me more than a hint of universal salvation and one-ness of all.
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, âLord, is this the time
when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?â 7He replied, âIt is not for you to
know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be
my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth.â 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a
cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing
up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, â
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has
been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him
go into heaven.â
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is
near Jerusalem, a sabbath dayâs journey away. 13When they had entered the city,
they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and
James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of
Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were
constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary
the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
1 Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.
3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be
jubilant with joy.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon
the cloudsâhis name is the LORDâ be exultant before him.
5 Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
6 God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to
prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the
8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the
God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage
when it languished;
10 your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided
for the needy.
11 The Lord gives the command; great is the company of those who bore the
12 "The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!" The women at home divide
13 though they stay among the sheepfoldsâ the wings of a dove covered with
silver, its pinions with green gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings there, snow fell on Zalmon.
15 O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of
16 Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God
desired for his abode, where the LORD will reside forever?
17 With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands, the
Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.
18 You ascended the high mount, leading captives in your train and receiving
gifts from people, even from those who rebel against the LORD God's abiding
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belongs escape from
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, âFather,
the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since
you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom
you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the
only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by
finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your
own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world
6 âI have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They
were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they
know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you
gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth
that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on
their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those
whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are
mine; and I have been glorified in them.
11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am
coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me,
so that they may be one, as we are one.
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