February 2, 2020, Lectionary

Minimal commandments: At least do these, justice, mercy, humility, and devotion to God. Micah 6:1-8

Another simple list of commandments: Includes speaking truth in the heart even if not aloud, and standing by promises even if not convenient. Psalm 15

God uses people and means not considered by humans either smart or strong, so that we humans will have no basis on which to boast, but that Christ will be all. 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

The beatitudes are not commandments or steps to something. The beatitudes are indicative statements actually performing the blessing on people who are. Matthew 5:1-12

Thoughts about Listening

Is it always positively clear to you what is really fair to all involved? Micah 6:1-8

How I talk inside myself matters. Finding the truth about myself to tell myself is a lifelong quest, I think. Psalm 15

I ask myself whose voice have I been setting aside which might help me make this decision? 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

It's not always the beautiful, the smart, and the rich who are most blessed. Matthew 5:1-12