Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Isaac’s servant goes back to Abraham’s homeland to find a wife for him. He meets Rebekah, who responds according the sign he had asked of God, and so he brings her back to Isaac who marries her.
A psalm celebrating a royal wedding and the beauty of the bride as she is led to the king.
Paul laments his struggle to do the good that he wants to do, while the sin nature within him leads him to do what he doesn’t want to do, but he celebrates Christ who provides freedom from this struggle.
Mt 11:16-19, 25-30
Jesus laments the resistance and misunderstanding of those who judged both John and him, and gives thanks that God reveals wisdom only to the childlike. Then he invites those who are burdened to come to him and receive rest.
(Bible readings summary by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
Wisdom incarnate (inspired by the Gospel reading)
they shout at Wisdom,
why do you not dance
to our lively tunes?
they cry to Wisdom,
we are wailing, why
do you not mourn with us?
they accuse the messenger
announcing Wisdom, of demons,
heed not the call to turn
they accuse Wisdom
of gluttony and drunkenness,
of befriending the unworthy
Listen, you who shout at Wisdom,
cry and wail and accuse –
Wisdom’s deeds are Wisdom’s vindication.
Wisdom thanks the God of all,
Creator, sender of Wisdom to earth
and Spirit sustainer or Wisdom on earth
Wisdom whispers in the dark,
heard by those who stay awake,
hidden from those who cast long shadows
Wisdom utters an invitation
to the weary, the burdened, the tired:
I will give you rest.
Wisdom says, you shall learn from me
a way of ease and freedom, for
I am gentle and I am humble in my heart
Wisdom offers rest within that heart, Divine;
come to me, come all you weary,
for I have come for you.
(Source: Sarah Agnew, Pray the Story) Continue reading