Tuesday 2020: By whose authority?

One asks, Is it politic?
One asks, Will it profit a man?
One asks, Is it legal?
One asks, Is it ethical?
One asks, Is it even practical?
One asks, Is it possible?

One asks, Is it blasphemy;
if so, against God or Mammon?

One says, pay attention
to the source.
One asks, By whose authority
do you heal the heartsick,
feed, teach; and pray,
is your work essential?
Can you say exactly
how much it would cost the world
were you to stay
the devil away?


Also from today’s Daily Office readings:

Hear, all you peoples, and behold my suffering; my maidens and my young men have gone into captivity. I called to my lovers but they deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city while they sought food to revive their strength. Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress, my soul is in tumult, my heart is wrung within me. – Lamentation 1:18-19

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead; he delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. – 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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