Bible Readings for 2 December

Today’s readings are Psalm 7; Isaiah 28.1–13; Matthew 12.38–50.
Click on a citation and the text will be displayed in a new window (courtesy of Oremus Bible Browser). If you would rather read the passages in the context of a Morning Prayer liturgy you can do so at the website of the Church of England here (click on Common Worship; Today).

If much of the tone of Matthew 12 (and, indeed, Psalm 7 and Isa 28.1–13) is negative, there is something beautiful about verses 46–50. Here is an implied invitation to all people. “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother”. Jesus, in effect, creates a new family that is centered on doing the will of God by hearing and following Jesus. Perhaps the other texts too can be seen as an invitation to take seriously the God who opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, and to allow the trials and difficulties of our lives to turn us not away from but back to God.

Batter my heart, three person’d God; for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
‘That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow mee,’ and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
John Donne

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