The Rev. Nathan Jennings Meditation

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Matthew 21:23-32


I love the saying: "you can be right or you can be in relationship."

Let God alone be right; let everybody else -- including, especially, myself -- be wrong. We then all have something in common: no one knows anything for sure, and we all need God.

The love of the law spoken of by the Psalmist is not the love of self-righteousness, but the love of God's righteousness alone. We share in it only by a gift, only in Christ.

All our up-coming feasts and festivals mean nothing if we celebrate ourselves in them. If we celebrate Christ, then we also join in.

How much I can be like those whom Jesus chastises: so concerned to keep up the appearance of being right that I fail to join the celebration of godly fellowship right in front of me.

Today, I choose to be wrong so that I can enter into relationship, into fellowship, with others and with God.

O God only righteous; clothe us in your Son that we may do your will, and walk in your ways, to the honor of your Name. Amen.

The Rev. Nathan Jennings, PhD
J. Milton Richardson Associate Professor of Liturgics and Anglican Studies