The Gospel in Fourteen Words

My Sacred Ordinary Days Liturgical Planner includes a daily word of prayer, drawn from the fantastic Common Prayer. The one for yesterday, taken from Psalm 18:28, really caught my eye:

O God, you stretch out the universe : and wash our feet with your hands.

This prayer jumps out at me because of the wildly divergent visions of God’s action here. It illustrates something beautiful and amazing about the God we see in Christ: our God is the God who created the universe, who spread out the stars, a God of overwhelming majesty and power. And yet, at the same time, our God is a God who lowered God’s self to the point of utter servitude, of washing the feet of sinners and the poor and regular, smelly, grouchy human beings.

This simple verse from the Psalms is the Gospel in fourteen simple words: our God is the Creator of the Universe, and is found right next to us, washing to muck off of our feet. Amen.

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Psalm 72

Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance to the needy,
    and crush the oppressor.

May our leaders remember the kind of governance God requires of them.