Today, commenting upon the scripture would be adding gravy to filet mignon. In the first lesson for today's Daily Office readings, the "commander of the Lord's army" approaches Joshua and gives him (us) this advice:

"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' No, 'if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Joshua 5: 9-21

Save this. Return to it when sad, angry, or despairing. Then cry for help from the commander of the Lord's army.

Pastor Kathleen Kelly,  
Interim Rector  

The Captain of the Lord's Army Appears to Joshua by Ferdinand Bol, oil on canvas, 1662
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