From: Catherine Con
When I think of all the fiction I’ve been reading lately, I’m embarrassed and ashamed when I think of how little of the Bible I’ve read. I wish I could be like the Psalmist, delighting in God’s Word, placing it at higher value than "thousands of gold and silver pieces." After hearing a condensed version of Scripture’s story at catechesis, I was moved by the interconnectedness of its parts, and challenged myself to find connections between all three of today's readings. Here's one that delighted me most:
In Numbers 29, the Israelites are given detailed instructions for the Feast of Trumpets, which marked the beginning of the year for them. It was a holiday, and they got the day off work, but it was also a day of sacrifice for sin, physically exhausting sacrifices that were performed alongside rejoicing. They celebrated the gift of God’s mercy at the same time that they made atonement. Today’s Psalm also expresses repentance alongside joy: “Let your mercy come to me, that I may live, for your law is my delight.” And the passage in Hebrews extols us to lift our drooping hands, strengthen our weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, that we may be healed—things we are only able to do because of the sacrifice that Christ made, and was, for us.
I’m excited and grateful to be teaching creative writing at Boston University this semester. Reading assignment for my CotC friends: The Summer People by Kelly Link.