Mark 12:13-17 and Genesis 1:26a

August 21, 2013

Then they sent to him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch him in his words. When they had come, they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care about no one; for you do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius that I may see it.” So they brought it. And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him. (Mark 12:13-17)

Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1:26a)

Jesus asks two questions: 1) Whose image is on the coin (a silver denarius)?, and 2) what is the inscription on the coin?

The image is Caesar’s and the inscription says, “The worshipped son of a worshipped god.

We are made in God’s image, not Caesar’s. We should give to God what belongs to him: ourselves and our worship.

      LORD, please help us clearly recognize what belongs to you and what belongs to the rulers of this world. Help us daily give to you all that belongs to you.

      Jesus, please help us by your Holy Spirit to make you truly Lord of our lives. Help us place all that belongs to you in your care.

      Father, help us daily reject all the false claims of sovereignty of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Thank you.

(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 2 Samuel 18:19-23; Acts 23:23-35; Mark 12:13-27
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23; Mark 12:28-34

      Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple, August 21 For Seminarians and Diaconal Students, The Rev’d Laura Miller

***** Prayer Table Report, 8/20 12:30 -1:45PM, State Street, Schenectady, NY, Carol MacNaughton, Terry Volpe, Mark Pasko

+ Daniel – help in cashing check (expired state id); help facing his challenges

+ Jerry – need help for himself and his children

+ Tony – received Christ for the 1st time; pray the Holy Spirit continue to grow and bring forth fruit in His life

+ Dayquan – 15 year old young man – do well in high school, success, a great year, now a fisher of m en

+ Simone – her future, she is a senior in school
+ Leon – her fiancé

+ Jayden – young man (12?) – blessing, protection

Tony & Louise – intervention for safety

++ Knesiah with her baby son Zakai – need an apartment

++Mita – blessed her and her child (1.5 years old)

+Alicia (from Saturday on Albany street!) – she is happy! Packing, doing well, prayers of success and joy in the Lord

Laura – issues in her job

++ Elizabeth and her small daughter (1.5 years) – redirected her life to the Lord

Bus driver honked – before we waved!

Gary – release of anxiety, dependency on alcohol

+++ William – blessings (extra crosses for his daughter and wife he is separated from)

+Mark – another cross to give away!

++Kenya and her small son Adam (asleep in his carriage) – owes back rent

Albany Intercessor


Honduras–representative confession of Spanish descendants

August 21, 2013

From Wikipedia:

In January 1524, Hernán Cortés directed captain Cristóbal de Olid to establish a colony for him in Honduras. Olid sailed with a force of several ships and over 400 soldiers and colonists. He sailed first to Cuba, to pick up supplies Cortés had arranged for him, where Governor Velázquez convinced him to go and claim the colony he was to found as his own. Olid sailed from Cuba to the coast of Honduras, coming ashore east of Puerto Caballos at Triunfo de la Cruz where he initially settled and declared himself governor.

Hernán Cortés, however, in 1524, got word of Olid’s insurrection and sent his cousin, Francisco de las Casas, along with several ships to Honduras to remove Olid and claim the area for Cortés. Las Casas, however, lost most of his fleet in a series of storms along the coast of Belize and Honduras. His ships limped into the bay at Triunfo, where Olid had established his headquarters.

When Las Casas arrived at Olid’s headquarters, a large part of Olid’s army was inland, dealing with another threat from a party of Spaniards under Gil González Dávila. Nevertheless, Olid decided to launch an attack with two caravels. Las Casa returned fire and sent boarding parties which captured Olid’s ships. Under the circumstances, Olid proposed a truce to which Las Casas agreed, and he did not land his forces. During the night, a fierce storm destroyed his fleet and about a third of his men were lost. The remainder were taken prisoner after two days of exposure and without food. After being forced to swear loyalty to Olid, they were released. However, Las Casas was kept a prisoner, soon to be joined by González, who had been captured by Olid’s inland force.

The Spanish record two different stories about what happened next. Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas writing in the 17th century, records that Olid’s soldiers rose up and murdered him. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, in his Verdadera Historia de la Conquista de Nueva España, recalls that Las Casas captured Olid and beheaded him at Naco.

Daniel 9:4-19 (NIV) is used as a model for confession for persons of Spanish descent.

Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we and our Spanish ancestors have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have been driven by greed, deceit, violence, vengeance, hatred, and lust for power. Just look at what we introduced in Honduras. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name through Holy Scripture.

Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the descendants of the Spaniards who conquered Honduras, both near and far, in all the countries where they are scattered. We and our rulers and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you.

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. We and our ancestors have transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster.

Since so many Hondurans have Spanish bloodlines mixed with indigenous bloodlines, these curses and judgments have impacted the whole nation of Honduras. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Honduras. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made this land and people an object of scorn.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on the desolation in this country. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your church and your people bear your Name. Amen.


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