Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33 | Psalm 130 | Ephesians 4:25–5:2 | John 6:35, 41–51
An invitation for reflection on the Scriptures from Rev. Rob.
There are many ways that God can speak to us through Holy Scripture, including times of silence, quiet reflection, and sharing. Just as we did these last few weeks, I invite us to personally think about these questions arising from our Scripture readings. We’ll take 3-4 minutes together in silence for us to reflect on each question. You might find it helpful to write down your answers, but you don’t need to share your answers with anyone. For questions 1 & 3, those who feel comfortable doing so are invited to share their responses in a word or two, but even then, no one has to share unless they would like to.
1. What words, ideas, or images stood out to you as the Scripture passages were read? Why did they stand out? [If anyone feels able to share their response in a word or two here, please do].
2. Today’s reading from 2 Samuel gives us a glimpse of the turmoil of King David’s family: his son Absalom (whose name means “my father is peace”) led a rebellion against King David. At first he succeeded, driving David from Jerusalem, but the civil war ended with Absalom’s death in battle. Despite Absalom’s great betrayal, David still loved his son and was deeply grieved by the news of his death, even saying he wished he himself would have died instead of Absalom. Reflect on David’s experience and grief for a moment. In what ways might David’s story here be similar to God’s relationship with His rebellious people? In what ways is it different?
3 In our reading from Ephesians, St. Paul again describes the kind of life God’s children are to share: one of mutual kindness, forgiveness, integrity, and support, sharing the self-giving love Christ Jesus first offered to us. How does this way of life connect to our faith, and our purpose as a Church community? What might be some obstacles that keep us from following this way of life? [If anyone feels able to share their response in a word or two here, please do].
4. In our Gospel reading, Jesus responds to the doubts of His fellow Israelites by insisting that He is the gift of eternal life offered from God the Father. How has drawing close to Jesus and placing your trust in Him been a source of blessing to you? Take a moment and give thanks to God for any blessings that come to mind.