August – 2016
Isaiah 1.17 (NRSV)
Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
The wisdom of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
“Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out…and wonder where your life went.”
Luke 12.32-34 (Today’s New International Version)
Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your [God] has been pleased to give you the [Realm]. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The wisdom of Osamu Dazai
“Even if Mary gives birth to a child who is not her husband’s, if she has a shining pride, they become a holy mother and child.”
The wisdom of Ada Fay
“Imagine someone today becoming conscious that all life is Divine…
The first necessity of all creation is light, the first creative word was ‘Let there be light’. Every child is a creation, a Divine creation.
Divine illumination came to Mary’s inmost consciousness; first the light, understanding, inward illumination, then next ‘the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.’
…The birth of Jesus was a natural birth and Mary was the first who perceived the divinity of it.
…Mary was a consecrated soul. The divinity is what is born of God and that means every child.”
Luke 1. 39-55 (The Message)
“Mary rushed to see her cousin Elizabeth. As soon as Elizabeth laid eyes on her she was filled with excitement and shouted out, ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb…’
And Mary began to pray:
‘I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. Divine mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before God.
God scatters the braggarts and knocks tyrants off their high horses, and pulls victims out of the mud.
The starving poor are invited to a banquet; the selfish reap what they have sown.
God has promised grace and mercy, and that promise is good, especially right now.’”
The wisdom of Sai Baba
“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
The wisdom of Elizabeth Towne
“I Am whole now. I Am pure spirit, and God is my health now and forever.
My body is already reflecting God’s wholeness.
I thank thee, oh God, for my perfect health, happiness, and abundance of life.
I rejoice in thy wholeness now and evermore.”
Luke 13:10-17 (Common English Bible)
Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
A woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and couldn’t stand up straight. When he saw her, Jesus called her to him and said, “Woman, you are set free from your sickness.” He placed his hands on her and she straightened up at once and praised God.
The synagogue leader, incensed that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, responded, “There are six days during which work is permitted. Come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath day.”
[Jesus] replied, “Hypocrites! Don’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from its stall and lead it out to get a drink? Then isn’t it necessary that this woman, a [descendant] of Abraham [and Sarah], bound…for eighteen long years, be set free from her bondage on the Sabbath day?”
When he said these things, all his opponents were put to shame, but all those in the crowd rejoiced at all the extraordinary things he was doing.
Arrogance is hateful to God and to mortals, and injustice is outrageous to both.
The wisdom of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Hebrews 13.1-3, 5-8, 16 (NRSV)
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for [Jesus] said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “[Christ] is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.