July 17, 2016
“The Lord, the gracious, the merciful,
has made a memorial of his wonders;
he gives food to those who fear him.”
Psalm 111:4–5 (Communion Antiphon)
Every time this set of Sunday readings appears, I get a little nervous. In the first reading, Abraham, the first great patriarch of Israel, “ran” to greet them. Why? Was it hospitality or fear or something else? Martha came to Jesus with a proper question about justice, but his answer was not what she expected. Why? Justice, patience, mercy, fear, forgiveness, and acceptance permeate this week’s readings. Who am I most like? Abraham? Sarah? Abraham’s servant? Mary? Martha? God is God for all of them. God does what God does. Ministering through music is a way to journey with the Abrahams, Sarahs, Servants, Marys, and Marthas of our time. May we always do it humbly with the understanding that it is a privilege.
God of infinite blessings,
teach us to serve, teach us to listen, teach us to know you
in the faces of those with whom we journey.
Meyer J. Chambers
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