It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Recognizing Sovereignty--Finally, a reflection on 2 Maccabees 9:1-12

Meanwhile the Greek king Antiochus had gone to Persepolis (in Persia, today's Iran) to rob the temple and control the city. Instead, the people defeated his army driving him into a shameful retreat. Then he heard what had happened to Nicanor and Timothy. He was so angry that he ordered his charioteer to drive without stopping until he reached the Jews. But the all-seeing Lord, the God of Israel, struck him down by inflicting what sounds to me like Crohn's disease. The consequences of the disease did not deter him or even slow him down. Only when he fell out of his chariot did he stop. As his body rotted away, broken in spirit. he uttered these words, "It is right to be subject to God; mortals should not think that they are equal to God."

We may agree with this enemy's final words. What does it take to be able to recognize the existence of God, the power of God, our relationship to God?

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