Monday: Reflection on the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Hebrew Scripture Torah Lesson: Exodus 28:29-38

So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart when he goes into the holy place, for a continual remembrance before the Lord. In the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron's heart when he goes in before the Lord; thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the Israelites on his heart before the Lord continually.

You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it may not be torn. On its lower hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the lower hem, with bells of gold between them all around— a golden bell and a pomegranate alternating all around the lower hem of the robe. Aaron shall wear it when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the holy place before the Lord, and when he comes out, so that he may not die.

You shall make a rosette of pure gold, and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet,

HOLY TO THE LORD

You shall fasten it on the turban with a blue cord; it shall be on the front of the turban. It shall be on Aaron's forehead, and Aaron shall take on himself any guilt incurred in the holy offering that the Israelites consecrate as their sacred donations; it shall always be on his forehead, in order that they may find favor before the Lord.

 

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
 but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
Why should the nations say,
 “Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens;
 he does whatever he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
 the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
 eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
 noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
 feet, but do not walk;
 they make no sound in their throats.
Those who make them are like them;
 so are all who trust in them.

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
 He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
 He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
 He is their help and their shield.

The Lord has been mindful of us;
 he will bless us;
he will bless the house of Israel;
 he will bless the house of Aaron;
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
 both small and great.

May the Lord give you increase,
 both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord,
 who made heaven and earth.

The heavens are the Lord's heavens,
 but the earth he has given to human beings.
The dead do not praise the Lord,
 nor do any that go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord
 from this time on and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Philippians 1:3-11

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

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Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne or Zbyszek Wagiel, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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