Honesty

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 10—12

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The people of Jeremiah’s time had lost a sense of the power of God, placing more confidence in idolatry. Pray that words of the prophet will break you free from any brands of idolatry in your life.

Have a page of your journal open. Make a list of what the Spirit brings to your awareness as manifestations in your own life of what Jeremiah is preaching. What are your fears and worries that may be symptoms that your faith in the power of God is weakening in the face of temptation? Be honest …courageously honest. Feel the links that connect you with these people seven centuries before Christ.

Chapters 11 and 12 contain two of six personal laments of the prophet. They have Job-like power and beauty. How would you express laments about your own personal losses?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
There is none like you, O Lord. 10:6
You the One who formed all things 10:16
Correct me, Lord, with justice. 10:24
You in my mouth and my heart 12:2

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This is the Fourth Week in Lent, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; during Lent we read Jeremiah; during the Easter seasons, Ezekiel.

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Seeing Jesus

Sunday – The Gospels from the Lectionary
John 9:1–41

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In the time of the early church, anyone who confessed Jesus as Lord was expelled from the Temple and the local synagogues. Those beloved walls would no longer embrace the ones who had embraced Jesus. There would be no more pilgrimages to Jerusalem for them!

Herein lies the significance of the account of “The Man Born Blind.” Here too is that irony that threads its way through John’s Gospel. The miracle of being able to see for the first time since birth contrasts with the blindness of those who arrogantly claim to see, but who are in fact, blind.

May you be enriched by the confession of the blind man given the gift of sight by faith. No longer are the Pharisees there, “expelled” from Jesus’presence by their disbelief. Remain with the blind man and Jesus. What is happening to you as you share this silent, loving space together?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Jesus the light of the world. v. 5
“Then I washed, and now I see.” v. 15
Worshipping and obeying v. 31
I believe and I adore. v. 38

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This is the Fourth Week in Lent, Year A.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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The Gift of Discernment

Saturday – The Torah
Leviticus 12:1—13:28

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You will be familiar with this ordinance of God from St. Luke’s account of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22 ff). Jesus submits to the regulations of the Law in order to go beyond it. Jesus IS the Law and the Temple itself.

The priest is the one who diagnoses leprosy. This comes from the anointing for discernment outlined in the reading of last Saturday, Lev. 10:9-11.

Pray to the Lord that you be given the gift of discernment. We are intended to tell the difference between what is clean and unclean in all aspects of life. We also need to discern the spiritual spaces of those with whom we associate, at the same time, never judging.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Offering my self to You 12:1ff
Christ is atonement for me. 12:8
Heal me, Lord, and make me whole. 13:1ff
Cleanliness and Godliness

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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