The lectionary inspires us Lenten penitents with the story of Abraham, the spiritual ancestor of those who learn to relate to God by faith instead of imperfect human obedience or heredity.
“Providence has implanted a divine standard or law in created beings, and in accordance with this law when we are ungrateful for spiritual blessings we are schooled in gratitude by adversity, and brought to recognize through this experience that all such blessings are produced through the workings of divine power. This is prevent us from becoming irrepressibly conceited, and from thinking in our arrogance that we possess virtue and spiritual knowledge by nature and not by grace. If we did this we would be using what is good to produce what is evil: the very things which should establish knowledge of God unshaken within us will instead be making us ignorant of him.”
As we conclude Galatians (chapter 6), we find St Paul encouraging us to live in ways that build true Christian community. May we find ourselves growing closer to God and one another as we pursue unity, humility, generosity, grace, & courage.
Congratulations to Rowan Bolash (Buddy and D.J.’s grandson) who was baptized today! We continue our journey through the Psalms; the lectionary readings may be found here. May you grow daily in a firm trust in the only God who can save and protect us thoroughly from any evil.