Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Blessing in loving others
An excerpt from 1 Peter 3:8-9 (NRSV)
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called – that you might inherit a blessing.
Reflection from Lisa Halpin:
When the announcement for the Lenten booklet appeared in the weekly parish e-mail on 1/20/21, I was hoping there would be a scripture passage to complement the accompanying scripture art from Romans 12:21. This passage from Peter filled the bill. It’s a message repeated many times throughout scripture in a variety of ways. What made it all the more special is that it was Inauguration Day and President Biden’s speech focused on unity and respect for one another. It is unfortunate that we have to be reminded of this message time and again.
Photograph by Lisa Halpin. This photo is of an ink and pencil drawing done by her mother, Aliceve Winters Schmid, when she was a teenager in the early 1920s.
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 77; Job 5:8-27; 1 Peter 3:8-18a
“Ubi Caritas by Duruflé
sung by Octarium”
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
And may we love each other with
a sincere heart.”
Tags: Lent 2021