Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Tuesday in the week following Pentecost Deuteronomy 4 15 Since you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire, take care and watch yourselves closely, 16 so that you do not act corruptly by making an idol for yourselves, in the form of any figure—the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Monday in the week following Pentecost Deuteronomy 4 9 But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children – . . . . It is simply the fortuitous convergence of calendars that presents us with this reminder about memory …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Epistle lesson for Saturday in the week of Easter 7 Hebrews 9 11 When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Friday in the week of Easter 7 Ezekiel 34 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet? Remember when your mother was really, really disappointed in something you had done (or were doing) and rather than get righteously angry all she …

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Fair? You want fair? – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Thursday in the week of Easter 7 Ezeiel 18 25 Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? I recall a law school class in which a fellow student complained of a case’s result, “But that’s not fair!” The professor’s reply was, “Fair? If you want fairness, go to divinity school.” A dozen …

 

Prophets on the Streets? – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Wednesday in the week of Easter 7 Ezekiel 11 22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. Ezekiel’s ecstatic (delusional? hallucinatory?) vision of wheels within wheels, creatures with animal and human faces, flying thrones made of gems, and all the rest have always sounded to me like something out of the LSD-laced Sixties. I can remember cinematic …

 

Gott [ist nicht] mit uns – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Tuesday in the week of Easter 7 Ezekiel 7 15 The sword is outside, pestilence and famine are inside; those in the field die by the sword; those in the city – famine and pestilence devour them. Ezekiel’s prophecy of the day of doom and violence is disturbing. It should certainly have been disturbing for those to whom it was first spoken, and it should be disturbing for us. I find it personally …

 

Multi-Grain Cake – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Monday in the week of Easter 7 Ezekiel 4 9 … take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread for yourself. Ezekiel is given detailed instructions for a prophetic action, an embodied metaphor involving a brick, lying on his side for hundreds of days, and eating a mult-grain “barley cake” baked over human dung. (When he objects to the latter, Yahweh relents and …

 

May We Be One: Sermon for Sunday after the Ascension (Easter 7) – 17 May 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Sunday after the Ascension, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 1:15-17,21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; and John 17:6-19. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== “That they may be one, as we are one.” (Jn 17:11) Obviously, there is quite a bit more to …

 

Eat This Scroll ~ From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT Lesson for Friday in the week of Easter 6 Ezekiel 3 1 He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3 He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my …