BigRead13 Day 28 : Sufficiency

You can find day 28’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

1 Timothy 2:1-7 today:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For

there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
    who gave himself a ransom for all

—this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Today’s excerpt from Prince Caspian has Aslan asking the Prince if he feels sufficient to be King; when the Prince answers that he isn’t, Aslan tells him that he’d said he was, he wouldn’t be.

What, then, to draw from this? Well, firstly, St Paul reminds us to pray for those who are our leaders here on earth. It is indeed right that we ask for wise counsel to fall on them that they may lead and guide their people. But then he reminds us that, ultimately, we have but one ruler, and one who will lead us, guide us, and ultimately only one sacrifice by Christ to reconcile us with God – a sacrifice that we remember each time we look upon the Cross; each time we partake of the Eucharist; and each year particularly during Lent.

Finally, a musical treat. Given that the Prince Caspian quote was about whether the prince felt able to be the ruler of Narnia, some suitably Lenten music about a leader – alas, not a leader about to lead but one cut short in his prime.  This is Herbert Howells’ Take Him Earth, For Cherishing, written in response to the death of J F Kennedy. I love the way the music builds and builds and returns to peace in the end. And the words themselves are beautiful too.