Fresh Forever

Catch the power of the preposition: Joy of the Lord, compared with the familiar Joy in the Lord. God is love and joy. God opens up the vast power of God’s own joy for you to find strength in it.

Place yourself amid this vast assembly that hears God’s Word for the first time. Cherish the first hours of the day, just as did our Jewish ancestors; they passed the whole morning listening to the Torah in the open square. You join many reading this passage with you on this very day.

Renewed festivals bring fresh joy to the people of Nehemiah’s day. Routine has not yet begun its erosion of fervor. The people confess publicly as they hear the recalling of God’s covenant and their ancestors’ infidelity to God. Note the reordering of priorities in chapter 10—the offering of first fruits to the Lord. What changes are you called to make?

Nehemiah 8—10

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Example: The joy of the Lord, my strength 8:10

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the Easter Season this year we read Easter: Prov 24 -26; Nehemiah.

 

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Architect of Space and Time

Ezekiel’s audience is an exiled people longing for their homeland. Their pain is all the more poignant, for even if they could go back, there would be nothing but a barren waste where once the glorious Temple stood. Yet visions bring hope. After lifting the aspirations of the people through the vision of the new temple and its design, Ezekiel becomes an architect of time, measuring the year once again according to sacred festivals and how the people are to observe them.

What can you do to preserve that precious sense that all space and time in which you live can be sacred? Habits and rituals for personal prayer and worship are very important. They create boundaries of time and space that give life a deepening sense that God’s eternity is entering into our time.

Ezekiel 45—46

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In the Easter Season this year we read Ezekiel 33—48.

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Example: Holiness of here and now

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Irradiating Love

Taste every word and phrase in profound meditation. God promises to release divine holiness and love into the human community. Yet the coming of the Holy Spirit is not enough; there must be a YES from deep within, as when Mary opened herself when the Word became flesh.

The Word becomes flesh in you by the Holy Spirit, the person of God that longs to dwell inside you. The Holy Spirit will enable you to do what the world cannot do—love in an absolute and unconditional way. Then comes a peace, which the world cannot give, for it is not the world’s to give.

Ready your heart to receive the Holy Spirit. It is the very love of God irradiating through you.

John 14:23–29

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Example: Holy Spirit reminding v. 26

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
In year C, during the Easter Season, we read from John’s Gospel, with Luke on the Seventh Week.


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