The psalmist mentions several major offenses that the Israelites at the base of Mount Sinai commit. Then he dramatically sings about how Moses stands in the breach to change God’s mind about destroying the Israelites. Today’s psalm verses capture the essence of the ancestors’ sins at Horeb while the Exodus passage fills in the details of how they wronged God in an effort to ease their own anxiety. The people make a calf of gold to worship, thereby breaking the first two commandments related to loving God wholly and making no graven images.
How do you perceive the “lessons” sung or told in today’s scriptures? I do not believe that the songs and stories of the Bible exist to scare people into avoiding sin. I believe that the retelling of people’s experiences with God reminds us of God’s response to human iniquity: God’s love and grace.
Intrinsic value resides in the telling, hearing, and process- ing of others’ and our own experiences. Storytelling about interactions with God can provide comfort and counsel in the midst of tribulation. When stories are told, songs then follow to help us further remember God’s provision through the rhythms and intonations that synchronize with our mind, body, and spirit.
How does your life keep rhythm with the beat of God’s commands? What stories about God’s presence and participation have you been telling? How can you synchronize your heart, actions, and soul with the beat and words of the Divine?

Lord, who listens and sings to us always, we thank you for never giving up on us! Help us learn the songs and stories that you compose with our lives. Amen.


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Leccionario Semanal
October 9–15, 2017
Resumen de la Escritura

The narrative in Exodus 32:1-14 reflects on the blindness of the people, but the focus is also placed on Yahweh’s intense anger and on Moses’ intervention. Yahweh’s mercy prevails, and Moses is revealed as the quintessential mediator. Psalm 106 recalls the folly of the people in making the golden calf. The sinfulness of the Israelites is laid to their forgetfulness. The inability and unwillingness of the people of God to remember is a damning sin that calls for a tough response. The Philippians text stresses the need for faithfulness to the gospel. Matthew’s version of the parable of the wedding banquet offers a negative example of faithfulness in the form of a guest who comes to the wedding without the proper attire.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Exodus 32:1-14. How do you demonstrate allegiance to or dependence on God’s faithfulness in your life? What “golden calf” diverts your attention?
• Read Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23. Re ect on those times when you recalled the past, lamented, and cried for mercy.
• Read Philippians 4:1-9. Con ict creates discord. How do you handle con ict in your spiritual journey? in your church?
• Read Matthew 22:1-14. God continually invites us to divine encounters—with God directly and with others. How seriously do you take God’s invitations?

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