Shaking Out the Soul

Tuesday, April 30, 2012

Nehemiah 5—7

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Nehemiah demonstrates the power of symbolic gesture in expressing outrage at the usury Jews exacted against one another. Sense the movement of the great qualities of this leader⎯humility, solidarity, and shrewdness in discerning plots of evil against him. At each moment of a crisis, Nehemiah turns to the Lord in prayer, shaking out his soul in the Lord’s presence, loosening any angers or fears, freeing the energies of devotion to the Lord in fulfilling the mission that “God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem” (2:12).

What are the emotions that lurk inside of you that tend to make you spiritually paralyzed? Shake out your soul before the Lord in prayer. Face opposition from within and without that would have you give up on the work that the Lord has put into your hands.

 

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Walking in awe before You 5:9
Shaking out my soul in prayer 5:13
A generous heart poured out 5:14ff
Now, O God, strengthen my hands. 6:9

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This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”


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Orientation

Monday, April 29, 2012

Ezekiel 43—44

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The word "orientation"comes from the Latin root meaning to rise⎯the place of the rising sun. The east is a symbol of hope, of resurrection. Ancient Christian churches were oriented with the altar facing east.

In Ezekiel’s vision of the mystical temple, the doorway faces east, the glory of the Lord entering from the place of the new day. Feel the glory of the resurrection bathing you as you enter into the vision of the temple. Sense the presence of the altar in the depths of your soul as the very center of the temple-body of Jesus within whom you dwell.

All the details of these chapters have one purpose⎯immersion in the Holy. We become spiritually dis-oriented in life when we lose that deep, inner spiritual sense of God’s presence and holiness. The Lord offers it to you once again. Surrender to glory in these final weeks of the Easter Season.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths

Earth shining with Your glory 43:2
Lifted to the inner court 43:4
Glory filling the temple 44:4
Discerning clean from unclean 44:23

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This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets. During the Easter Season, we read the prophet Ezekiel.

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As I Have Loved You



Sunday, April 28, 2012

John 13:31-35

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Love is freed from fickle ties to affection only. Now it is living out the ongoing presence of Jesus in the world through the way that he loved⎯unto death. The new commandment is not a stern, military-type order, but rather a charge, a mission, a commitment.

The setting for the reading is the Last Supper before Jesus’ death. It is also appropriate on this Sunday as we enter into the final three of the seven weeks in the Easter season. Jesus approaches his last suppers during the time of glory when he was with the disciples after the resurrection until Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter.

Let there arise in the depths of your soul that sense of AS Jesus has loved you⎯to the death…the death of self. Let the Spirit give you the gift of giving your life for others.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
“Now the Son is glorified.” v. 31
Your new commandment of love v. 34
Loving as Jesus has loved v. 34
Disciple known for loving v. 35


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This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.

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