Profound Comfort

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 16

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Once there was a person tormented night after night, waking from terrible nightmares of a pack of vicious dogs attacking the person. One night, the person prayed before going to sleep that this nightmare would cease. The dream occurred again, but this time the self in the dream faced the dogs; they immediately turned to flowers.

In this psalm, David leads you into a prayer of absolute awareness of the power and presence of God to turn all repugnant or frightening aspects of your life, into goodness and peace. David knows that with God’s hand on his life, everything takes on the fragrance and beauty of God’s presence. Even a nightmare like Goliath became a blessing for David. By faith in God’s power, David became “taller” than the height of this great giant. So may you pray in the same manner.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You, O God, are my refuge. v. 1
Nothing good, apart from You. v. 2
You are my portion and cup. v. 5
Your presence—fullness of joy v. 11

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Divine Outrage

Monday – The Prophets
Ezekiel 4—5

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Symbols can raise awareness to acute levels. This is evident in these chapters. Ezekiel is deeply conscious of the sins of the people for whom he intercedes.

You will read about the power of God and the divine outrage at the people and their high places in the mountains where they worship idols. That any person, place, or thing be more important than the Lord is to commit idolatry. God has made us to adore and worship the Lord alone.

Great pain occurs when life is lived without God as center. Is there anything of this kind of pain in your life? What images come to you in prayer? Jesus took all your pain and anguish so that you would not have to bear them any longer. Give all to God; adore and worship God alone.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Being part of the world’s sin
Sorrow for the part I’ve played
Repentance and forgiveness
You wanting our salvation

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Presence by Faith

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
John 20:19-31

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Caravaggio – “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas”
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The evening of the first day of the new creation finds Jesus breathing peace into the chaotic clay of the disciples and making them new creatures. John recalls the time when God created Adam by forming a nose and breathing God’s life into it. Some have found liturgical traces in this reading—the kiss of peace offered to one another from ancient services of worship. Thomas missed the kiss of peace and joy, left only to his own devices and prerequisites for him to know if Jesus was alive. He too needs a touch— however, one more radical than the one he demands. When Jesus does come, I do not imagine that Thomas needed to feel the wounds of Jesus; the presence of the Lord was enough for him.

Is the presence of Jesus by faith enough for you? Jesus said such ones are more blessed than the Thomases who have seen.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Jesus standing in our midst v. 19
“Father sends me; I send you.” 21
Jesus breathing the Spirit v. 22
Breathing “My Lord and my God!” v. 28

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The Stranger and the Sacred

Passover – The Torah
Leviticus 19

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Ceremonial and moral laws are considered again, as in Exodus and Deuteronomy. First on the list is honoring of father and mother. Four times Jesus quotes the second half of v. 18 as a summary of all the commandments with respect to our neighbor (Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27).

The manner of treating strangers is very sacred in the life of a Jew. Respect for them is due because the Jew was a stranger in the land of Egypt. The stranger and the sacred were very much understood together. Benedict, born about 480 A.D., the founder of western monasticism, stated in his Rule: Hospes venit, Christus venit. “A stranger comes, Christ comes.” The spirituality of Leviticus interprets all things as either connected to God, the sacred, or disconnected from God, the profane. Doing the will of God means that all choices are in keeping with what the Lord calls the person to be. Everything is potentially sacred.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Holy, for You are holy. v. 2
“Love your neighbor as yourself”. v. 8
“Hospes venit, Christus venit.” St. Benedict
Loving to keep sabbath time v. 29

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From the Ashes

Friday – The Gospels
John 3:1-21

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Adam was the firstborn; Jesus is the New Adam born again. Adam was born of the barrenness of the earth. The Spirit of God hovered over it and breathed into the clay of the earth so that Adam might live with the breath of God. Jesus was born in the barrenness of Mary’s womb. The Holy Spirit hovered over that abyss until she conceived the flesh of the New Adam. From her womb and from the tomb, Jesus lives.

Are you ready for the funeral of the old self so that from its ashes, the new you can be born? Die to the old Adam-self and live the very life of God through the Holy Spirit.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Born again from God above v. 3
Being born of the Spirit v. 6
Lifted on high with Jesus v. 14
God loving the world so much v. 16

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The Holy Spirit in You

Thursday – The New Testament
Acts 1

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The Book of Acts is the risen Lord living in his new community through the Holy Spirit. Though we focus on the coming of the Spirit fifty days after Easter on Pentecost, recall that the night of the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit!”

Rejoice this Easter season that this same Holy Spirit wants to act in you and through you as you are engrafted onto the Lord’s risen life through a community of faith. As you enter the picture of the first days of the Church, can you find these spiritual energies alive with you? You will, if you “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Blooming where I am planted v. 4
Baptized with th’ Holy Spirit v. 5
Taken up, You come again v. 11
Bonded together in prayer v. 1

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What Not To Do

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 15

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There is no other joy in life than to sense that you are in the presence of God. This presence for God’s people in David’s time was the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Your soul is intended to be the resting place for God when you surrender to the Lord Jesus. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).

The psalm makes a list of what not to do, so that you may dwell with God. Pray the list item by item, opening yourself to the immense inner freedom that comes to those whose lives flow in agreement with the list. If anything jolts your spirit, it means that the Lord is convicting you by awakening you to sin. Turn to the Lord in immediate repentance and receive the peace that only God can give.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Longing to live in Your tent v. 1
Walking blamelessly with You v. 2
Always speaking with kindness v. 3
Though hurt, standing by the truth v. 4

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