Re the Daily Office Readings August 30 Anno Domini 2020

Photo by Tiffany Tertipes

The Lessons: Job 11:1-9, 13-20; Rev. 5:1-14; Matt. 5:1-12

With the November 3 election about two months out, our New Testament lessons might serve as a Voters’ Guide. They’re certainly more, but not less. The “Lion of the tribe of Judah” appears as “a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered,” and we hear: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.” And again: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” That is our benchmark for worth.

And Jesus on the mount: “Blessed are the poor in spirit… those who mourn… the meek… those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” etc.

Up the down the ballot, which candidates mirror this worth? Which candidates help us believe Jesus’ words?

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