Hearing and Doing

Friday – The Gospels
Matthew 7

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Hang upon the words of Jesus in this concluding chapter of “The Sermon on the Mount.” Various brief instructions are arranged one after another. Receive each of them as precious gems of Jesus’ wisdom which he lovingly shares with you, his disciple. Each comes from the inmost center of Jesus; will you receive them at that same point within yourself?

The concluding six verses present an image developed in the letter of James, reminding us not only to be hearers of the word, but doers as well. As you look upon the movement of your life and learn from Jesus’ words, what action is called for? You might miss this, if your reading is hasty—a hearing only.

Amid the declarations that Jesus makes, three questions are interposed. Feel the questions first, then respond from the depths of your spirit.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Judging not, I’ll not be judged. v. 1
Measure given, measure get v. 2
Taking the log from my eye v. 5
Ask and it will be given. v. 7

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This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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We read the Gospel of Matthew, except during Advent, the Infancy Narratives of Luke.

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The Upward Call

Thursday – The New Testament
Philippians 3—4

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These are among the most beloved chapters in the Bible. Verse upon verse needs to be present before your eyes throughout this day; you will find it hard to select your favorite one.

Yesterday you learned from David how to let the Lord lift you from the pit of darkness and despair. Today Paul is your leader. Remember, Paul penned these words from the pits of a Roman prison. Everything goes out from the dark, downward space as he responds to the “upward call” of Christ upon his life.

Though Paul likely received mere morsels of stale bread, Paul offers you a banquet of God’s Word, upon which he also feasts. Nothing can restrain his joy.

A banquet of delicious food from the Lord is spread before you today. Take, eat, and pass the nourishment on to others.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Losing all to gain you, Christ 3:8
Pressing onward toward the goal 3:14
Rejoicing in You always 4:4
Peace of God guarding my heart 4:7

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This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels. This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read the letters of Titus, Philemon, Galatians and Philippians.

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Shifts in the Soul

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 13

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A brief psalm of only six verses is yours today. Three couplets of two verses each bear dramatic shifts in David’s spirit as he prays. First come four repeated cries of “How long, O Lord?” However far away God seems, David believes that God is listening. What intimacy David has with his God! A couplet comes next with three imperatives for God. Two of them are commands for God to listen, the third, a plea that God put the sparkle back into David’s eyes. Finally, there is the dramatic shift in the two final verses that express David’s singing for joy.

It does not take long for shifts to take place in your soul, if you model your prayer-life after David’s. Whether or not you identify with the eclipse of God’s presence, pray this psalm in profound intercession for those at the edge of despair—or deep into it, as in some black hole. Grab hold of them with this psalm and be lifted up to peace.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Do not hide Your face from me. v. 1
O Lord, give light to my eyes. v. 3
I trust in Your steadfast love. v. 5
My heart rejoices in You. v. 5

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This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.

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