Attachments and Idolatry, Part II   Leave a comment

Above:  Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, by Heinrich Hofmann

Image in the Public Domain

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For the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, Year 2

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Lectionary from A Book of Worship for Free Churches (The General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches in the United States, 1948)

Collect from The Book of Worship (Evangelical and Reformed Church, 1947)

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Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of thy Name,

increase in us true religion;

nourish us with all goodness,

and of thy great mercy keep us in the same;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Book of Worship (1947), 194

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1 Samuel 24:1-20

Psalm 90

Romans 6:1-11

Matthew 19:16-26

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The rich man in Matthew 19:26 had an unhealthy attachment to his wealth.  Jesus, knowing this, counseled the man to remove the obstacle.  Had our Lord and Savior been speaking to a poor man, he would have advised that individual to give up whatever stood in the way–not wealth, obviously, in this hypothetical case.  

Fortunately for King Saul in 1 Samuel 24:1-20, David had no attachment to revenge on him.

Each one of us has at least one unhealthy attachment that functions as an idol.  The object of the attachment may otherwise be positive or morally neutral; the object need not be inherently negative for the attachment to it to be unhealthy.  What attachment(s) is/are God calling you, O reader to renounce?  Liberty in God to be your best self is a great blessing.  Claiming that blessing requires renouncing any unhealthy attachment.  What is holding you back?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 14, 2021 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MACRINA THE ELDER, HER FAMILY, AND SAINT GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS THE ELDER

THE FEAST OF SAINT CAESARIUS OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP; AND SAINT CAESARIA OF ARLES, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBESS

THE FEAST OF EIVIND JOSEF BERGGRAV, LUTHERAN BISHOP OF OSLO, TRANSLATOR, AND LEADER OF THE NORWEGIAN RESISTANCE DURING WORLD WAR II

THE FEAST OF KRISTEN KVAMME, NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT SAVA I, FOUNDER OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND FIRST ARCHBISHOP OF THE SERBS

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