And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)
Holy Spirit, help us set aside all base divisions and do and say those thngs which will bring unity to the Body of Christ.
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)
Jesus, thank you for preparing the hearts of those who come to the prayer tables and to our parishes. Thank you for those who confess their sins and accept your forgiveness.
Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:9-14)
LORD God of heaven and earth, help us do the little things you ask of us so that we may see the great things you will do. Thank you.
A day for little things, no doubt, but who would date despise it? (Zechariah 4:10 JB)
A word received: Do not despise the little things I ask you to do.
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Gen. 29:20-35: 1 Tim. 3:14-4:10: Mark 10:23-31
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: 119:1-16 or 119:9-16; Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20 or 2 Kings 5:1-15b; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-24,27-30,33-37
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 30:1-24: 1 John 1:1-10: John 9:1-17