Re the Daily Office Readings August 23 Anno Domini 2020

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The Lessons: Job 4:1-6, 12-21; Rev. 4:1-11; Mark 6:1-6a

Job: For a long stretch the narrator offers no judgments, demanding more of us listeners (the “cool” end of McLuhan’s spectrum). So we wonder: what do Job’s friends get right? If they get it wrong, where and how? Job sounds ready to throw in the towel; is Eliphaz wrong to encourage a different response? But there’s some tension between Eliphaz’s two arguments (vv.6-11, 12-21); how does Eliphaz hold them together?

Revelation: We miss gathering together for Holy Eucharist. This reading reminds us that the worship—unmasked—continues. As when physically together, so now physically apart, we intentionally join our voices “with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven…”

Mark: Ever since Constantine declared us legal early in the 4th century, we’ve been proudly building places of worship, houses of God, places where Jesus can feel at home. And setting Jesus up for further experiences of déjà vu all over again?

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