The New Wine

Friday – The Gospels
John 2

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Six heavy, earthen urns sit awkwardly; ashamedly empty in the midst of the energy of a wedding feast. Six—number of incompleteness. The wine of the old law has been consumed. Place yourself there. Stand next to the mother of Jesus and listen to her instruction: “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Does your life sometimes feel as one of those empty urns—empty, heavy, waiting to be filled? The bridegroom is with you right now as you enter into this sacred passage. Open yourself to be filled. Let all that is old in you yield to the New Wine that the Spirit of Jesus is ready and longing to pour into your heart.

The glory moves from the wedding to the Temple. Jesus overturns the tables of that place where the glory used to be, but is no longer. Is there anything in your life that needs to be to overturn?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Doing whatever You say v.5
My empty soul filled with God v. 6
The good wine kept until now v. 11
Zeal for Your house consuming v. 17

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This is the Third Week in Lent, Year A.
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We read the Gospel of John during Lent and Easter.

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Waves of Glory

Thursday – The New Testament
Ephesians 3

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Picture the prison walls where Paul writes this letter. Go there. Enter the heart of this great apostle. The personal joy he shares overflows beyond the walls of his cell. Nothing on an external level can take away this joy.

Let it be the same for you. Whatever may be pressing about you, holding you hostage, inner freedom is being offered you at this very moment. To experience this, take each phrase of glory in this chapter and let it turn your “prison cell” into a prayer cell—a space of energy that launches you into total freedom, beyond all that would hold you captive.

Nothing need change in your circumstances. Only your heart needs to be open to free, transforming grace.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
The boundless riches of Christ v. 8
Confidence through faith in You v. 12
Rooted and grounded in love v. 17
Filled with the fullness of God v. 19

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.

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Pilgrim-Joy

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 122

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Excitement irrupts from the back seat of the car: Are we there yet? The child simply cannot wait any longer to arrive at the longed-for destination. A similar holy anxiety fills the mass of marchers on their way to Jerusalem. They see the beloved city part of the crowd is already there.

A focus on Jerusalem—this is what sustains the joy of the pilgrim. While we are moving toward Jerusalem and Holy Week, the spiritual realities celebrated there are already present within you and within the church, the New Jerusalem. The One that you are seeking as the goal in your life is already walking with you on your journey. Recall the chorus of the 1913 hymn by C. Austin Miles, “In the Garden.” “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.”

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Going inward to Your house v. 1
Feet standing within Your gates v. 2
Giving thanks to the Lord’s name v. 4
Praying peace upon the world v. 6

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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