Monthly Archives: February 2012

Constant Love

From the Psalm (105:8): “He has always been mindful of his covenant …”

From the OT Lesson (Gen. 32:10): Jacob said … “O Lord, I am not worthy of the least of the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant.”

From the Gospel reading (John 10:28): “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”

How does your life manifest constant love, steadfast love, faithful love? The psalmist is recounting Israel’s sojourn in Egypt, “when they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in the land” (105:12). Jacob is understandably afraid to meet his brother Esau, whom he cheated out of his birthright. Jesus is being called on the carpet for his teaching in the Temple precincts. Yet in those circumstances, each one remembers God’s constant love. Each one shapes his response because of that steadfast love. Each one acts faithfully in love.

How does your life manifest constant love?

Put on Scripture like a garment

The psalmist complains this morning about his accuser (109:17-18)

He put on cursing like a garment,*
let it soak into his body like water
and into his bones like oil;
Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, *
and like the belt that he wears continually.

I hope that as you practice daily prayer using the Office, you will instead put on Scripture like a garment, that the living Word will soak into your body like water and into your bones like oil. Perhaps over time you will find the weekly rhythms of the canticles and the seasonal themes of the collects wrapping around you like a new garment.