Exodus 25–27, Psalm 25, Matthew 26
Psalm 25 implores God to help us know and learn his ways. Abiding in the grace of God means to dwell under an outpouring of love. When we dwell and abide in this grace, it is natural for us to wish to respond in some feeble way.
In Exodus, God asks the Israelites to make a tabernacle, altar, and some very fine vestments. We are invited to respond to God by giving God the very best of ourselves and to tend this sacred space. Exodus also tells us that in the midst of this priesthood and tending of the sanctuary, God is present.
We find God through the struggle of tending to God’s ways. “Tending” involves setting apart time and space in our lives to follow him. It is the pressure of God’s grace that invites us to respond by molding our actions, words, and time into a place where God is experienced.
The woman with the oil and the alabaster jar is responding to God’s grace as experienced in the person of Jesus and his ministry. In setting apart her life, her wealth, and her time, she bears witness to God. She challenges others to see and rethink their commitment to Jesus.
Not everyone is able to do this. Not everyone is interested in this prayer or this work. As Christians we recognize that the lives we lead in community reflect our desire to live in God’s ways. Our Episcopal rule of life (the Baptismal Covenant) offers a shape to our lives that invites us to live in the grace of God and to respond in word and action to that grace in our everyday lives. Whether we are receiving food for our spiritual journey through the remembrance of Jesus’ own sharing of bread and wine, participating in regular worship, or sharing in outreach, service, and evangelism, we are tending to God’s things. We are anointing the body of Christ with fine oil—a life lived for God in Christ Jesus alone.
What can I do in my life today that will worship God?
How will this witness to God’s invitation to live differently change my life?
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for inviting us to make room in our life to worship you. We ask that you will help us to see opportunities to live out your overflowing grace in a world desperate to see your hand at work. Amen.
-The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle
Bishop of Texas