Leviticus 25–27, Psalm 38, Mark 12
As the Holiness Code of Leviticus 25–26 comes to a close, we’re reminded that all that we are and all that we have is God’s. We honor God’s covenant promise with sabbath rest for God and the observance of a Jubilee year that frees and liberates, establishing God’s justice, creating something much greater than a second chance. God remembers, and so must we. Chapter 27 closes out Leviticus with vows, voluntary promises made to God. These chapters list option after option of God’s desire for us to repent (change), to obey, to respond to God’s holiness.
Psalm 38 laments that sickness, suffering, and even death are signs of our true humanness, and awaiting God is our only comfort and relief. Again, God remembers, and God saves. When will we remember God?
In Mark’s Gospel, after the heroic entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus teaches to church authorities in the age-old rabbinic parabolic pattern, but they fail to understand. Again, we’re reminded from Jesus’ words, “Pay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God belongs to God” (Mark 12:17), that all that we are and all that we have comes from God. We fail to recognize the power of God through Jesus Christ. An everpresent, patient Jesus/God reminds us to trust by following the great commandment.
Finally, we’re reminded again of the reward given in our humble obedience to God through the vivid story of the widow’s mite.
What prevents us from receiving the freedom of God’s love?
God remembers us. Why are we not able to remember God? What price are we willing to pay in response to God’s grace and mercy?
God of promise and passion, remember us as we disregard and distance ourselves; rescue us from our own selfishness and selfassuredness; remind us over and over again of the miracle blessing of your saving grace. Amen.
-The Rev. Hillary T. West
St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania