Today’s July 20th Reading
Today’s Gospel Reading in the Episcopal/Anglican Lectionary for the Feast of Blessed Elizabeth Stanton,Blessed Amelia Bloomer, Blessed Sojourner Truth and Blessed Harriet Tubman.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, `Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Today how ironic considering the massacre in Colorado is the Feast Day in the Episcopal/Anglican Kalendar of three women who spent their lives in the pursuit of justice, equality, and in opposition to violent power! Here follows the amended Collect from the BCP.
O God, whose Spirit guides us into all truth and makes us free: Strengthen and sustain us as you did your servants Elizabeth, Amelia, Sojourner, and Harriet. Give us vision and courage to stand against oppression and injustice and all that works against the glorious liberty to which you call all your children with the help of the prayers of these your blessed servants; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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