The New Testament scripture assigned in Common Prayer today was Hebrews 13:1-16. I am meditating on several of those verses for the day, though the whole reading is worthy of reflection:
1 Keep loving each other like family.
2 Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.
3 Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place.
5 Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, I will never leave you or abandon you .
14 We don’t have a permanent city here, but rather we are looking for the city that is still to come.
16 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.
May you be renewed in the reading and study of scripture. Also from Common Prayer:
Bonaventure, a thirteenth-century Franciscan theologian, wrote, “The outcome or the fruit of reading Holy Scripture is by no means negligible: it is the fullness of eternal happiness. These are the books which tell us of eternal life, which were written, not only that we might believe, but also that we might have everlasting life. The purpose of the Scriptures, which come to us from God, is to lead us to the fullness of the truth. In order to achieve this, we must study holy Scripture carefully, and teach it and listen to it in the same way.”