Monday, May 27, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, May 27, 2019

Vision of the New Jerusalem
Revelation 21:5-14

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, May 27, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 93
The Majesty of God’s Rule
1  The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
     the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
   He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
2    your throne is established from of old;
     you are from everlasting.

3  The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
     the floods have lifted up their voice;
     the floods lift up their roaring.
4  More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
     more majestic than the waves of the sea,
     majestic on high is the Lord!

5 Your decrees are very sure;
    holiness befits your house,
    O Lord, forevermore.

1 Chronicles 12:16-22
12:16 Some Benjaminites and Judahites came to the stronghold to David. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship, to help me, then my heart will be knit to you; but if you have come to betray me to my adversaries, though my hands have done no wrong, then may the God of our ancestors see and give judgment.” 18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said,

   “We are yours, O David;
     and with you, O son of Jesse!
   Peace, peace to you,
     and peace to the one who helps you!
     For your God is the one who helps you.”

Then David received them, and made them officers of his troops.

19 Some of the Manassites deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “He will desert to his master Saul at the cost of our heads.”) 20 As he went to Ziklag these Manassites deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of the thousands in Manasseh. 21 They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all warriors and commanders in the army. 22 Indeed from day to day people kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.

Revelation 21:5-14
Vision of the New Jerusalem
21:5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
In the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

Verse of the Day MONDAY, May 27, 2019

Acts 20:24 (NIV) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

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Un dia a la Vez - Monday, May 27, 2019

Semana de celebración: El nuevo día

¡Despierta, alma mía! ¡Despierten, arpa y lira! ¡Haré despertar al nuevo día!
~ Salmo 57:8 (NVI)

Sé que después de esta semana de celebración tú y yo tendremos un corazón muy agradecido por Dios. Seremos capaces de recordar todo lo grande que es nuestro Padre y todo lo hermoso que es Él.

Hoy celebramos que tenemos un día más de vida, que a Dios le plació que nos levantáramos, que respiráramos, que hoy es una nueva oportunidad para reparar lo que se dañó, que hoy, como te lo he dicho otras veces, la misericordia de Dios es nueva. Celebramos que hoy puede ser el día en que alcancemos esos sueños o lleguemos por fin a la meta tan esperada.

Hoy es un nuevo día en el que nuestro Señor tiene preparada cosas hermosas. Recuerda que Él siempre quiere lo mejor para nosotros.

Ánimo, levántate con la expectativa de dejarte sorprender hoy por Dios.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Hoy celebramos que tenemos un día más de vida, que a Dios le plació que nos levantáramos, que respiráramos, que hoy es una nueva oportunidad para reparar lo que se dañó, que hoy, como te lo he dicho otras veces, la misericordia de Dios es nueva.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, May 27, 2019

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
~ John 15:5 (NIV)

Yesterday we read the testimony of Kefa Sampangi in Uganda when he was threatened with death by Idi Amin’s goon squad. The story continues:

“Father in heaven,” I prayed, “you who have forgiven men in the past, forgive these men also. Do not let them perish in their sins but bring them into yourself.”

It was a simple prayer, prayed in deep fear. But God looked beyond my fears and when I lifted my head, the men standing in front of me were not the same men who had followed me into the vestry. Something had changed in their faces.

It was the tall one who spoke first. His voice was bold but there was no contempt in his words, “You have helped us,” he said, “and we will help you. We will speak to the rest of our company and they will leave you alone. Do not fear for your life. It is in our hands and you will be protected.”

I was too astonished to reply. The tall one only motioned for the others to leave. He himself stepped to the doorway and then he turned to speak one last time. “I saw widows and orphans in your congregation,” he said. “I saw them singing and giving praise. Why are they happy when death is so near?”

It was still difficult to speak but I answered him. “Because they are loved by God. He has given them life, and will give life to those they loved, because they died in Him.”

His question seemed strange to me, but he did not stay to explain. He only shook his head in perplexity and walked out the door. I stared at the open door of the vestry for several moments and then sat down on a nearby straw mat chair. My knees were no longer strong and I could feel my whole body tremble. I could not think clearly. Less than ten minutes before, I had considered myself a dead man. Even though I was surrounded by 7,000 people there was no human being to whom I could appeal. I could not ask the elders to pray, I could not appeal to the mercy of the Nubian killers. My mouth had frozen and I had no clever words to speak. In that moment, with death so near, it was not my sermon that gave me courage, or an idea from Scripture. It was Jesus Christ, the living Lord.[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will walk in the power of the living Lord and not in my own strength or courage.

PRAYER: Lord, help me realize that You are my sufficiency. Without You, I can do nothing.

1. F. Kefa Sempangi, A Distant Grief, Glendale, CA: G/L Publications, 1979, pp.120-121.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible - Monday, May 27, 2019


Her name means: "The Seventh Daughter" or "The Daughter of an Oath"

Her character: Her beauty made her victim to a king's desire. Though it is difficult to discern her true character, she seems to have found the courage to endure tragedy, winning the king's confidence and eventually securing the kingdom for her son Solomon.
Her sorrow: To have been molested by a supposedly godly man, who then murdered her husband. To have suffered the loss of one of her sons.
Her joy: To have given birth to five sons, one of whom became king of Israel after David's death.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25

Her Story

Bathsheba squeezed the sponge, moving it rhythmically across her body as though to calm the restless cadence of her thoughts. Normally, she looked forward to the ritual bath marking the end of her monthly period, but tonight the water soothed her skin without refreshing her spirit.

She should be glad for the cool breeze. For flowers. For a lush harvest. But spring could also yield its crop of sorrows, as she well knew. Spring was the season for armies and battles. Once the rains had ceased and the harvest had been gathered, men marched off to war, leaving their women behind.

Bathsheba shivered as she stood up. Though her husband, Uriah, was a seasoned soldier, she still worried about him, wishing she could fall asleep in his arms. But he was camped with the rest of the king's army beneath the open skies of Rabbah, an Ammonite fortress some forty miles northeast of Jerusalem.

The king rose from his bed, unable to sleep. Pacing across the palace roof, he gazed at the city below. Jerusalem seemed calm, a city at peace with itself though at war with its neighbors. Soon his soldiers would gather a great harvest of Ammonite captives, laborers for his expanding kingdom. The casual observer might have thought David a man at peace with his growing power. Instead, the king could not quiet an increasing sense of discontent.

Then, in the half-light, David noticed the figure of a young woman bathing in the walled garden of a house below him. He leaned against the outer edge of the roof for a closer view. Wet hair curling languidly against skin soft as lamb's wool. Breasts like rounded apples. He reached as though to steal a touch. Unaware of watching eyes, the woman toweled herself dry and stepped into the house. He waited and watched, but even the king could not see through walls.

Over the next few days, David made inquiries and discovered that the vision had a name: She was Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers, Uriah the Hittite. He sent for her. She came to him and became pregnant with his child.

Fearing discovery, the king ordered Uriah home from battle. But the soldier surprised him by refusing to spend the night with his wife: "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my lord's men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"

So David convinced Uriah to spend another day in Jerusalem, managing to get him drunk. Surely the wine would overcome his scruples. But it didn't. So David played his last card, entrusting Bathsheba's husband with a letter to Joab, commander of the army. It read: "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."

So Uriah died by treachery, and David claimed Bathsheba as his wife, her child as his own.

One day, the prophet Nathan approached David, saying: "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup, and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

"Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."

David was incensed: "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity."

Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house.' "

David's lust for Bathsheba marked the beginning of his long decline. Though God forgave him, he still suffered the consequences of his wrongdoing. His sin was a whirlpool that dragged others into its swirling path. And despite David's prayer and pleading, God allowed the son David had conceived with Bathsheba to die from an illness.

But why did Bathsheba have to suffer along with the man who molested her and murdered her husband? Though the story gives us little insight into her true character, it is hardly likely that Bathsheba was in a position to refuse the king. In Nathan's parable, in fact, she is depicted as an innocent lamb. Why, then, have so many people painted her as a seductress? Perhaps Bathsheba's innocence is too painful to face. That a good person can suffer such tragedies, especially at the hands of a godly person, appalls us. Worse yet, God punishes both David and Bathsheba by taking their son. If we can believe that Bathsheba had an affair with David, we could accept her suffering more easily; her guilt would make David's sin seem less grave and God's punishment less cruel.

Though Bathsheba may not have understood the reasons for her suffering, God gave her favor with King David, making her both a powerful queen and the mother of David's successor, Solomon, who became famous for his great wisdom.

Her Promise

The story of David and Bathsheba outlines in graphic detail the horror of sin and where it leads. David's first step toward sin leads to adultery, lying, deceit, murder, and, finally, the death of a son. The link between sin and restoration comes when David admits his sin and Nathan says the Lord has taken it away (2 Samuel 12:13). How much guilt is Bathsheba's isn't clear; however, when God tells them through the prophet Nathan that he loves their son Solomon and wants him to be called Jedidiah, the restoration is Bathsheba's as well as David's. If God could forgive this terrible sin of David, don't you think he could forgive your sin, whatever it may be?

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
As she was bathing she squeezed the sponge, moving it rhythmically across her body as though to calm the restless cadence of her thoughts.

Girlfriends in God - Monday, May 27, 2019

Finding Your True Purpose

Today’s Truth

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 2 Peter 1:8 (NLT)

Friend to Friend

I love it when I read a portion of Scripture and it feels like it's the first time I've ever come across a particular concept. Have you had that experience?

God's Word is so rich and complex, and His grace is so far and wide that He allows us to soak up what we need for the moment through our Bible reading, knowing that there will be a time when He'll take us deeper.

The Spirit reveals to us a timeless principle for a timely application.

The Holy Spirit, at work in us by faith in Jesus Christ, awakens us to the very truth we need in that particular situation. But there is one catch. We have to be in the Word to be taught and transformed by it. We have to put legs to our faith through regular Bible reading so that we can continue to grow in our understanding of God’s promises and respond to His calling. Peter describes this process in 2 Peter 1:5-8:

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our spiritual life isn't simply a matter of faith confessed from our lips. It isn’t just about reading the Bible and forsaking to apply what we learn. Our faith necessitates very specific actions that will lead to incredible outcomes. From this passage alone, we’re promised that moral excellence combined with knowledge and self-control, patient endurance and godliness with brotherly affection, is what enables us to love everyone. Who among us doesn’t need a little help in showing others love? I certainly know I do!

Moment-by-moment we get to choose to live out our faith intentionally, and when we do, we get to be God’s love in this world while experiencing productivity and usefulness. Oh sisters, if that's not a life-changing thought, I don't know what is.

The life of purpose we inherently crave is found in living wholeheartedly for God, growing in our knowledge of Jesus more and more.

Our purpose has nothing to do with our career or ministry. It's not about a relationship status or a prestigious degree. It's not about completing a "to do" list or accomplishing another project.

Our purpose is found when we dig deep into the Word, uncover the character of God, and choose to put our faith into action through the way we live. It is this intentional process that leads to the life we crave, as we come to know Jesus more and more and become more like Him in this world in need of Kingdom hope and impact.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, please give our faith legs to walk in obedience to Your Word and in response to Your love. May our faith grow as we realize our purpose found in our identity as Your chosen, holy, and beloved daughters!
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

How have you been looking for your purpose in your career, relationships, and accomplishments? What if your purpose was found by the way you live out your faith and grow according to God’s Word and in your knowledge of Jesus?

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Elisa Pulliam is a coach, author, podcaster, and speaker passionate about helping women savor life every day and cultivate a meaningful legacy. She is the founder of More to Be, a ministry devoted to helping women experience a fresh encounter with God and His Word so they may live transformed and impact this world with kingdom hope. She is the author of Meet the New You, Unblinded Faith, Impact Together, and Brave Together, in which she shares practical steps to help you move towards God’s best for your life. Elisa is also the founder of It Is Well, where she helps women simplify the transition into wellness by cultivating a whole food and toxin-free lifestyle for themselves and their families. She is enjoying the adventure of being married to Stephen for 22 years and raising their brood of teenagers together. Connect with Elisa at and

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I love it when I read a portion of Scripture and it feels like it's the first time I've ever come across a particular concept. Have you had that experience?

LHM Daily Devotions - One in Christ

"One in Christ"

May 27, 2019

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
~ Psalm 133:1-2 (ESV)

The recipe is given in Scripture. God gave the people of Israel detailed instructions concerning the oil to be used in consecrating the tent of meeting, its utensils and furnishings, and in the anointing of the high priest Aaron and his sons. The list of ingredients called for liquid myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, aromatic cane, cassia and olive oil, all in specific amounts. It was a sacred, precious oil, never to be poured on the body of an "ordinary person" (see Exodus 30:23-33).

Equally precious, as precious as that rich anointing oil, is unity among the people of God. Such unity is a blessing, rich and overflowing, like the anointing oil that flowed over Aaron's head and spilled onto his beard and robes. Jesus, our High Priest, prayed for that kind of unity among His followers. He asked His Heavenly Father to keep them in His Name, praying that His followers might be one just as Jesus and His Father are One (see John 17).

We are united and we are anointed, but not with oil. We have been anointed by the water, Word, and Spirit in Baptism: "For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13). The individual members of the one body of Christ are arranged by God for the good of all. As members in this unified body, we are to care for one another with the self-sacrificing love and care that Christ our Head has for us. If one member suffers, all of the members of the body suffer; if one member is honored, all of the members rejoice in the honor.

The unity we share is a gift of the Holy Spirit, an answer to the prayer of Jesus, our great High Priest. It may be, at times, that the unity we enjoy is shaken as we fail to walk in love as Christ walked. Yet, as we forgive one another and share—openly, visibly, joyfully—in the unity that is ours in Christ Jesus, it is good and pleasant and as precious as the rich oil of anointing poured onto Aaron's head, the sacred oil that ran down his beard and onto his robes.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, forgive us when we do not live in unity as You intended. Lead us to live within the good and pleasant fellowship to which You have called us. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
The recipe is given in Scripture.

Devocional de la CPTLN del 27 de Mayo de 2019 - Uno en Cristo


Uno en Cristo

27 de Mayo de 2019

¡Qué bueno es, y qué agradable, que los hermanos convivan en armonía! Es como el buen perfume que resbala por la cabeza de Aarón, y llega hasta su barba y hasta el borde de sus vestiduras.
~ Salmo 133:1-2 (RVC)

La receta se da en las Escrituras. Dios le dio al pueblo de Israel instrucciones detalladas sobre el aceite que se debía usar para consagrar la tienda de reunión, sus utensilios y suministros, y en la unción del sumo sacerdote Aarón y sus hijos. La lista de ingredientes contiene mirra, canela de olor dulce, caña aromática, casia y aceite de oliva, todo en cantidades específicas. Era un aceite sagrado y precioso, que nunca se vertía sobre el cuerpo de una "persona común" (ver Éxodo 30:23-33).

Así de preciosa es la unidad entre el pueblo de Dios. Tal unidad es una bendición rica y desbordante, como el aceite de unción que resbalaba por la cabeza de Aaron y llegaba hasta su barba y su ropa. Jesús, nuestro Sumo Sacerdote, oró por ese tipo de unidad entre sus seguidores, pidiéndole al Padre Celestial que los cuidara en su nombre y que fueran uno, así como él y su Padre son uno (ver Juan 17:11).

Así es que estamos unidos y ungidos, pero no con aceite: en el bautismo hemos sido ungidos por el agua, la Palabra y el Espíritu. La Biblia dice: "Por un solo Espíritu todos fuimos bautizados en un solo cuerpo, tanto los judíos como los no judíos, lo mismo los esclavos que los libres, y a todos se nos dio a beber de un mismo Espíritu" (1 Corintios 12:13). Los miembros que formamos el cuerpo de Cristo hemos sido dispuestos por Dios para el bien de todos. Como miembros de este cuerpo, debemos cuidarnos unos a otros con el amor y el sacrificio abnegados que Cristo, nuestra cabeza, tiene para nosotros. Si un miembro sufre, todos los miembros del cuerpo sufren; si un miembro es honrado, todos los miembros se regocijan en el honor.

La unidad que compartimos es un don del Espíritu Santo, una respuesta a la oración de Jesús, nuestro gran Sumo Sacerdote. Hay veces en que la unidad que disfrutamos se debilita porque dejamos de caminar en amor como Cristo lo hizo. Pero, en la medida en que nos perdonamos unos a otros y compartimos de manera abierta, visible y gozosa el amor que nos une en Cristo Jesús, esa unidad vuelve a ser buena, agradable y tan preciosa como el rico aceite de unción que fuera derramado sobre la cabeza de Aarón.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, perdónanos cuando no vivimos en la unidad a la que hemos sido llamados y guíanos a vivir en la unidad buena y placentera a la que nos has llamado. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
La receta se da en las Escrituras.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Éloge à la bonté

Éloge à la bonté

David dit : Reste-il encore quelqu’un de la maison de Saül, pour que je lui fasse du bien à cause de Jonathan ? V. 1

J’ai grandi au sein d’une Église aux nombreuses traditions. L’une d’elles se perpétuait à l’occasion des funérailles d’un proche ou d’un ami. Il arrivait souvent que, peu après, on installe un banc ou une toile dans un corridor portant un plateau de cuivre surmonté du mot : En souvenir de… On y gravait le nom du défunt en guise de rappel lumineux d’une vie achevée. Ces mémoriaux m’ont toujours plu et me plaisent encore. Reste qu’ils ne cessent de m’interloquer, car ce sont des objets statiques et inanimés ; au sens littéral, il s’agit de choses qui « ne sont pas vivantes ». Y aurait-il donc moyen de leur ajouter un élément de « vie » ?

Après la mort de son grand ami Jonathan, David a tenu à se souvenir de lui et à honorer une promesse qu’il lui avait faite (1 S 20.12-17). Au lieu de se contenter de rechercher quelque chose de statique, David a cependant cherché et trouvé quelque chose de bien vivant en la personne du fils de Jonathan (2 S 9.3). La décision de David s’est avérée constructive, du fait qu’il a choisi d’user de bonté (V. 1) envers Méphiboscheth (V. 6,7) en lui restituant ses propriétés (« toutes les terres de Saül, ton père ») et en veillant à sa subsistance (« tu mangeras toujours à ma table »).

Tout en continuant de nous remémorer les morts au moyen de plaques et de toiles, puissions-nous nous rappeler aussi l’exemple de David et la nécessité d’user de bonté envers les vivants.

Servons de monuments vivants de bonté à la mémoire d’une personne défunte que nous ne voulons pas oublier

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J’ai grandi au sein d’une Église aux nombreuses traditions. L’une d’elles se perpétuait à l’occasion des funérailles d’un proche ou d’un ami.