Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read: Isaiah 11:1-9, Micah 4:8-13, and Luke 7:31-35

Some people just can’t be satisfied.  John came along and refused to drink wine or eat the normal foods and everyone made fun of him.  “He has a demon,” people would say.  Then Jesus came along and drank wine and ate the normal foods and everyone called him names.  “Winebibber” means someone who drinks too much wine.

John was one who abstained from food and drink in order to show people that they needed to place less importance on those things.  Jesus was one who went from house to house, eating and drinking with the people there.  The problem was that Jesus also invited all his friends – the lame, the blind, the deaf, the stinky.  Tax collectors and prostitutes, working class men and women.  People whom Pharisees would never invite to a dinner party.  Jesus didn’t go to hang out with the Pharisees so much as he went to force them to hang out with his friends.  Jesus and his troublemaking go merrily along.

Whom have you entertained lately?  Anyone who the Pharisees would have disliked?  Anyone who couldn’t repay you?  Anyone whom Jesus would probably invite to dinner?

Gather around the table with some of Jesus’ friends today.  Include some that the Pharisees would never, ever invite.  Make sure they all know they’re welcome around your table, and around Jesus’ table.

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