Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday in Proper 3: A resounding yes!

Opening Sentence

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

Commemoration:
The Martyrs of Lyons

Grant, O Lord, we pray, that we who keep the feast of the holy martyrs Blandina and her companions may be rooted and grounded in love of you, and may endure the sufferings of this life for the glory that shall be revealed in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 30, 32

Lessons: Proverbs 25:15-28, 1 Timothy 6:6-21, Matthew 13:36-43

The New Testament is the answer to all the questions posed in the Old Testament. In Psalm 30 (vv. 8-10), we find these questions:

What is the New Testament's answer?

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

[Jesus said,] "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live." (John 5:25)

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25a)

In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above the heavens, that he might fill all things. (Ephesians 4:9-10)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" (Revelation 14:13).

The Psalmist asks, "Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?" Jesus Christ, in dying and rising again, answers with a resounding, "YES!"

(JAG)

Trading My Sorrows