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St. Paul's Addiction

3-28-2017
Jeremiah 17:19- 27
For the sake of your lives, take care that you do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.
“Work” vs. a legalistic definition of ‘work’. My research indicates that at the time of Jeremiah there was no legalistic definition of “work” as regards what could and couldn’t be done on the Sabbath. My guess is that people were engaged in commerce, i.e. the ‘burdens’ were trade-goods, and the rebuke was intended simply to get people to turn their attention to God, and away from distraction. That’s a theme that keeps recurring to my mind. It’s about what is and isn’t important in the eternal scheme of things.

Romans 7:13- 25
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it i…

Reflection on Bishop Hayashi's Sunday post

3-26-2017 Sunday
“…..what he does state is equally problematic for us - “he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Taken at face value, God created the man blind from birth in order that years later he could be healed as a show of God’s power!? That, in my opinion, is just as bad as the standard thinking of his time. So let us try it this way instead - The man was born blind not because his parents or he was a sinner. The fact that he was blind, however, was an opportunity to reveal God’s work. In other words, every situation where help is needed is an opportunity to demonstrate, to reveal God’s loving work by Christian people.” From Bishop Hayashi’s Sunday FB post. (My italics)
My thought. God is all-powerful because he only does one thing. He does not meddle in our affairs because doing so would establish limitations. The incarnation reveals that there is only one response to God, and it is the same as the one thing that God does. Love. Affinity. Compassion.
I’m …
3/24/17 Friday
OT Jeremiah 11:1-8,14-20 A prophet’s tantrum. “God will punish you because you treated me like shit.”
“but everyone walked in the stubbornness of an evil will. So I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not. As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.” And, “But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!" But you, O LORD of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.”

NT Romans 6:1-11 Baptized into death. “Our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we migh…