It is the most pressing question of discipleship:
How should we live? What should we do? Who should we be?
My, just typing those words makes me want to pray… (prayer source)
God our deliverer,
you walk with the meek and the poor,
the compassionate and those who mourn,
and you call us to walk humbly with you.
When we are foolish, be our wisdom;
when we are weak, be our strength;
that, as we learn to do justice
and to love mercy,
your rule may come as blessing. Amen.
This week there is actually a possible choice to be made and remain in the RCL fold. We could go with the readings for the 4th Sunday Of/After Epiphany or we could celebrate Candlemas/The Presentation of the Lord with these readings.
And since Candlemas is also known as Groundhog Day I am sure, given the way this winter has gone in places, there will be those offering ardent prayers that the local rodent does NOT see its shadow. (As I recall if the shadow is seen it is six more weeks of winter, if not it is only a month and a half)
In Epiphany 4 we have lots of ways to answer the title query up above. Micah and Paul and Matthew all give us suggestions: Be peacemakers, love justice, be a fool, walk humbly with God, be merciful….
And the Candlemas readings. What do they have to offer?
- Malachi with the Refiners Fire and Fullers soap — in case we need to be cleansed I guess.
- Hebrews and some musings about the high priest. Am I the only one who often finds passages from Hebrews almost indecipherable?
- Or Luke telling us of Simeon and Anna speaking of who the babe in arms will become.
What direction are you headed this Sunday? Are you including a prayer for an early spring? Are you ignoring all these options and going a different direction? I know that for many places it is Annual Meeting season. Do you alter your worship on Annual Meeting day?
Let us know your thoughts, hopes, fears, questions, and ponderings in the comments.
And remember that if you are going with the Narrative LEctionary there is a post about that passage here