|Jesus the True Vine and the Holy Apostles|
|The Apostles Peter and Paul|
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First Reading and Psalm: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13Lectionary Reflections for the Season after Pentecost:
Alternative Reading and Psalm: Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
An excerpt from the Common Prayer daily readings for 29 June for the Feast of Peter and Paul.
Peter and Paul
One of the ways we see the wisdom of the early church is in their placing Peter and Paul’s saint days together so that they have a shared celebration, thereby making sure that there was no room for divisions over their leadership, even with their disagreements. (It may be that the church forgot this wisdom in the Reformation, with Rome claiming Peter’s authority and Paul becoming the hero of Protestants.) The early church was quite clear that the first pastor and the first theologian of the faith had to be held in equal respect and in equal balance of authority. One without the other leaves us incomplete and unbalanced.Internet Monk: Learning to Walk in the Liturgy by Chaplain Mike.
[E]ngaging in worship and liturgy is more like learning to walk or ride a bike than studying algebra or philosophy. You just start doing it. As you do, you fumble around, you make mistakes, you forget the words, you can’t find the page in the book in time, you sit when you should be kneeling, you stand and look around only to discover that everyone is seated. Furthermore, you can’t see the big picture. You don’t grasp why you say the Creed here or the Lord’s Prayer there. You have no clue why the readers are reciting the various passages from the Bible. Why those books and passages today? Are they supposed to fit together or something? As weeks go by, you notice that the pastor and leaders wear different colors and that there are different colors or themes in the sanctuary decorations. About all you can really hang your hat on is that people come, sing, pray, listen to a sermon, and take Communion together.
You don’t know a lot, but you imitate those around you. You get more familiar with the rhythm of the service and it starts to feel easier. You ask questions when you can’t figure something out. As you go along, your brain begins to catch up with your feet and things start to make sense. You are being formed by practice, which is then assisted by growing comprehension.
Becoming adept at the practice of worship and being able to participate mindfully in its liturgical forms is one of life’s great examples of learning by doing.
We are formed by practice, which is then enhanced by growing comprehension.Misso Alliance: Pentecost and Prosperity by Nijay Gupta.
The Brazos Blog: Lectionary Reflection on Genesis 22:1-14.
Allan Bevere: When Life Makes No Sense (on Gen 22:1-19).
The Brazos Theological Commentary: Stanley Hauerwas on Matthew 10.
Ekklesia Project: Oh Jesus Christ, Is it You Again? (on Matthew 10:40-42).
When Jesus says in Matthew 10, at the end of a long set of instructions about how his disciples are to go out into the world (avoiding at all costs Gentiles and Samaritans), he says that “whoever welcomes you welcomes me.” His followers, he seems to assume, will put themselves in the way of the gift of another’s generosity, another’s welcome. And when that welcome is offered, it will be as if Jesus himself has received it.
The gift of Christ comes full-circle as we become Christ for the neighbor who is Christ for us.