Each week, a member of the parish submits a question relating to the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel lesson. We invite you to reflect on it yourself or with your family or friends, as we will be doing at meetings at St. Stephen’s. If you’d like to write a question or two, please email Sandy Emler.
The 7th Sunday after the Epiphany
- Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.
- Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.
- Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.
- Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.
- Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.
- Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.
- Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.
- Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.
The Psalm Question
When I read through the book of psalms, I am reminded how many times the psalmists call upon the LORD to slash their enemies, to strike down those who plot evil against God’s faithful ones. Shall we, like the psalmists, ask God to intercede for us, praying that God will smite those who are seeking your downfall? OR, we shall remember of Jesus on the cross praying, “Father forgives them, for they know not what they are doing?