Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Psalm 85.1-7, Numbers 9.1-23, Luke 16.1-18 - Lectionary for 5/31/11 - Day of the Visitation

Today is the Day of the Visitation, commemorating Mary's visit to Elizabeth, which resulted in the singing of the Magnificat.
Today's readings are Psalm 85.1-7, Numbers 9.1-23, and Luke 16.1-18.

We often think of the Passover as a feast for Israel, and it is. However, notice in Numbers 9.14 that this feast which foreshadows the death of Jesus on our behalf is given not only to the descendants of Abraham, but to all the strangers who accept it as well. God has made his means of grace available to all nations. He does not bar anyone from receiving forgiveness, provided we all come to him in the same way. We read in Ephesians that we are saved by grace through faith, as a gift of God. And that faith is not in ourselves or anything other than in the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf. This is the means God has appointed for us. It is available to all, including the strangers sojourning among us. Let us rejoice that our Lord delights in providing such forgiveness.

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