I tarried with the notion of ritual. Perhaps, it’s because of the significance of the day or maybe it’s merely just the passing of a notion as suggested in the message yesterday. But thinking about ritual it seems is natural to human beings and plays a vital role in building personal and cultural identity. Ordinary family rituals add meaning, giving shape to emotions while helping us to accept and value the events of life. For people of faith rituals serve as a constant reminder of our relationship with God and encourage us to regard all of life as sacred. Religious ritual is indispensable in deepening spiritual insight. Rituals also expresses and emphasizes the things that bind a faith community together. Rituals, both individuals and communities, make visible our most basic religious needs, values and aspirations. I believe that it is so true that God has planted something in our hearts that needs to find meaning amid the everyday events of life. I discovered it was R. Alan Culpepper who wrote in The New Interpreter’s Bible on Luke, “We need to learn to greet the morning with gratitude; to celebrate the goodness of food, family, and friendship at meals; to recognize mystery in beauty; and to mark rites of passage — like a sixteenth birthday and the freedom and responsibility that come with a driver’s license (or a 37th wedding anniversary.) Rituals are not restrictive; they celebrate the goodness and mystery of life.”
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:11-13 (You are invited to read the entire first chapter)
Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees on the earth yielding fruit after their kind with seed in them.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind and trees yielding fruit with seed in them after their kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
What are some of your family rituals and which one means the most to you?
How does ritual deepen your spiritual insights?
How do rituals celebrate the goodness and mystery of life for you?
Prayer: Holy God, help me receive your gift of today and guide me into the ordinariness of it with an expectation of the sacred. Let me celebrate your goodness. Amen.
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