Devotional

For Your Reflection:

4th Sunday After Epiphany
The glory of the Lord is often revealed when and where it is least expected.  God uses our lips to declare that glory, inexperienced and hesitant though they may be.  God uses our love to demonstrate that glory and so urges us to exercise it.  God uses Jesus of Nazareth, water and the word, bread and wine, to reveal God’s glory where and when God chooses.  Take heed, lest the glory of God slip through our midst unnoticed.
SCRIPTURE DESCRIPTION
WEEK OF February 3, 2019
 FIRST LESSON
 
JEREMIAH 1:4-10
God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet and consecrates him in the womb.  Jeremiah’s task is to preach God’s word in the midst of the difficult political realities of his time, before the Babylonian exile.  He is to make God known not only to Judah, but also to the nations.
 
SECOND LESSON
 
1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13
Christians in Corinth prided themselves on their spiritual gifts.  Paul reminds them that God gives us many gifts through the Holy Spirit, but the purpose behind all of them is love, the kind of love that God showed us in Jesus Christ.
 
THE HOLY GOSPEL
 
LUKE 4:21-30
People in Jesus’ hometown are initially pleased when he says that God will free the oppressed.  Their pleasure turns to rage when he reminds them that God’s prophetic mission typically pushes beyond human boundaries so that mercy and healing are extended to those regarded as outsiders.