Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 25:30-38
Morning Psalms: Psalms 119:145-176
New Testament: Romans 10:14-21
Gospel: John 10:1-18
Evening Psalms: Psalms 128, 129, 130

DEVOTIONAL


“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth
his life for the sheep… No man taketh it [my life] from me,
but I lay it down of myself…”
(John 10:11-18)

I bow my head as the cross is carried past me during the processional and the recessional. I bow because, some time ago, I compared notes with an Episcopalian I met. He asked me if I was a High Episcopalian or a Low Episcopalian. This was something I had never noticed or thought about, even though I grew up in the Episcopal Church. Not knowing the difference probably meant I had been attending a Low Episcopal Church.

A few years later, when I resumed attending church on a regular basis, I adopted that High Episcopal Church practice as a ritual, without any other purpose than to demonstrate reverence. I decided that keeping reverence where reverence is due is a good thing. Then I wondered, “Why am I doing this?” This led to some private thought. For a while, I thought about the actual suffering of our Lord upon the cross. Later, I reflected on His sacrifice bringing our redemption. I’ve concluded that bowing to the cross twice each Sunday, whether a Low Church practice or a High Church practice, is an excellent way to show reverence.

I marvel that the Son of God suffered and died for us, who are but creatures of little understanding… like sheep.
JE


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