August – 2015

August 2

The Wisdom of the poet Lucius
“I am She that is the natural Mother of all things…my divinity is adored throughout the world…in variable customs, and by many names.”

The Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita
The Deity said, “I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon…I am human ability. I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives…I am the original seed of all existences, the intelligence of the intelligent…I am the strength of the strong…both spirit and matter are in me…Nothing exists apart from me.”

The Wisdom of the Book of Ephesians (4.4-6)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Presence, one faith, one baptism, 6one Source and Substance of all, which is above all and through all and in all.

August 9

The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“There’s always more to any situation than meets the eye. Every person carries within them the seed of God, and every aspect of time and space carries the potential for miraculous unfoldment. It is not what is happening on the outside, but how we view it from the inside, that determines our grace within any situation and the joy we can derive from it.”

1 Kings 19.1-9, 15
Ahab told Jezebel that Elijah had killed all her prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “I swear by my gods to see you put to death.” 3Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. 4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O God, take away my life…” 5Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7The angel came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. 9At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then God’s message came to Elijah, saying, 15“Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.”

August 16 (Assumption of Mary)

Revelation 12.1-8
A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant and was crying out in birthpangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God…; 6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days. 7And war broke out in heaven; Michael and the other angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated…

The Gospel According to Luke (1.46-53)

Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48who has looked with favor on the lowliness of a marginalized person. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me… 50Divine mercy is for those who seek God from generation to generation. 51God has shown strength and has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52God has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53God has filled the hungry with good things…

August 23

The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“When not at peace, I am separate from my true self. When not feeling love, I am separate from God. Today I claim my oneness with God so that my suffering shall end…Today, I embrace the experience of my true self.”

The Wisdom of Rabbi Harold Kushner
“Knowing that people care can affect the course of a person’s health. Prayer, when it is offered in the right way, redeems people from isolation.”

The Wisdom of the Book of Ephesians (6.10-11, 13-20)
Be strong in divine power. 11Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against injustice. 13Take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand strong. 14Therefore, fasten the belt of truth about your waist, and put on the breastplate of right action.15As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of oppression. 17Take the helmet of liberation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer. To that end keep alert and always pray for the spiritual community. 19Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel…20Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

August 30

The Wisdom of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Humanity is a reminder of God. As God is compassionate, let humanity be compassionate.”

The Wisdom of the Apostle James (1.27)
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

The Gospel According to Mark (7.1-2, 5-8)
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of Jesus’ disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6Jesus said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ 8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

 

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