Bread – One

January 19, 2015


Readings for Monday, January 19, 2015, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 44:6-8, 21-23; Eph. 4:1-6; Mark 3:7-19a; Psalms 9,15,25

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A favorite saying today is that “It is not all about me” or “It is not all about you [leaving, of course, the possibility that it could still be all about me].” The real question, though, is not whether it is “all” about you but whether “any of it” is about you (or me)? Our egos want to preserve part of the question by saying, “well, some of it could be about me.” But the truth is that, in a God-focused mindset, none of it is about you (or me); it is only about Him.

Our word today, “One,” comes from our readings.

In today’s reading from Isaiah, God says “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” Isa. 44:6b There is one God and we are not it. There is one, not many. It is all about Him.

In today’s reading from Paul’s letter to Ephesus, we read “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Eph. 4:4-6 There is one and, while we may participate in it, we may not subdivide it into many (although we try).

We often digress in our prayers, in our meditations, in our study, and in our thoughts into the many – but there is but one on whom we must remain focused. When we are acting as many, it is fair to ask whether we are acting in accordance with our own self and our own views, or whether we are acting in line with the Holy Spirit, accepting God’s direction as our direction, accepting His will as our will, accepting His gifts as our gifts, accepting His love as our love.

We are called to Christ by Christ, to be one with Him. In being one with Him, as we abide in His power, we become one with each other who are in Christ. It does not make us one with everyone else nor with the world, but it does make us joined with Him who saves.

Pianos tuned to each other are always out of tune with each other; pianos tuned to the one tuning fork are always in tune with each other.

There is a longing today in the world that we become unified. There is one way to do that and that is to tune ourselves to the One who was, who is, and who will be forever.

One – not me and not you, but Him.

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© 2015 GBF

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