Protestant and Jewish congregations around the world are reading about eagles this weekend and some Philadelphia faithful don’t think it’s a coincidence.
In both religions, scriptural verses assigned for reading on the first weekend in February of 2018 mention eagles – flying, soaring, victorious.
The Revised Common Lectionary, used by many Protestant congregations, recommends Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”
The Torah reading in Judaism, which includes Exodus 19:4, reveals God’s words to Moses after delivering the Israelites from slavery: “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.”
Rabbi Eric Yanoff delivered a sermon on that excerpt Saturday at Adath Israel congregation in Merion Station. He talked about destiny and the future. Then, the congregation sang “Fly, Eagles Fly” – in Hebrew.
At St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr, the Rev. David Tatgenhorst is adapting the Isaiah passage about the benefits of trusting God to a Super Bowl vision.
“God wants fun and a competitive spirit … ,” Tatgenhorst said, “so I like to think, ‘Run and not be weary, pass and not get intercepted.’ “