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2 Timothy 3:10-17
Psalm 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168
Mark 12:35-37
The author of the passage from 2 Timothy reminds us of how important Scripture
is to our life as followers of Christ. ˈBut you remain faithful to what you have
learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from
infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you
wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.ˉ
The reading from 2 Timothy today prompts me to do something a little out of the
ordinary, which is to reflect on reflecting on Scripture, and on the fruits of our on
-line prayer book efforts, a wonderful gift to our faith community!
I have been incredibly enriched by reading the daily reflections of our parishion-
ers, many of whom have shared some of their deepest moments of faith, joy, and
sorrow, in the context of their relationship with God. I have heard many of the
authors of these reflections speak of how writing a reflection has deepened their
own understanding of their faith and their connection to Jesus Christ.
As an author of several reflections myself, I share this response. There is some-
thing about engaging with a scripture passage over a period of time which shakes
my soul awake and shifts my consciousness of how God is speaking to me in my
life, in this time and place. I suspect we have all experienced the difference be-
tween merely reading Scripture and truly engaging with it. To truly engage with
the Word of God, we need to create a sacred space, a time of silence, in our
lives, when we can open our hearts to God. In that sacred time dedicated to
God, we can ready ourselves to both listen to the Word, with the ˈears of our
heartsˉ and respond to God with frankness about how the Word speaks to us.
To do this well doesn˅t require a great deal of time, but it does require us to be
disciplined with the time that we dedicate to our prayer and to be regular in exer-
cising that discipline...and this can be a challenge in lives that are often over-