Two Models for Prayer

The Lord invites you to welcome two persons to accompany you todayone, a widow, the other, a tax collector, also known as a publican. You will come to know them by how they contrast with other characters in two parables unique to St. Luke. Joining with the widow is a judge who likely basks in being called “Your Honor,” but who has honor neither for God nor for humans. The person forever linked to the publican is the arrogant Pharisee who spends his time, not in praying, but in boasting in self-righteousness. The widow is a model for persistent, confident prayer; the publican is an example of total abandon, humility, and trust before God. These two are your teachers today about how you need to grow in prayer.

Luke 18

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Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read Luke 9—19:27.

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By Faith

Seventeen times in these two chapters the phrase “by faith” is used. The final parts of the letter offer great encouragement to the Hebrew Christians who are being tempted to deny their Christ.

Ponder the opening verse of chapter 11 about the nature of faith. Follow the sweeping review of Old Testament saints as the writer lifts them as examples of faith. They gave their lives for what they believed in their heart, without seeing it with their eyes.

You too are in the possession right now, of what you do not fully seethe perfect salvation won for you by Jesus. As you receive it, you anticipate by faith the joy you will experience completely when the veil of this life is removed and your life in heaven unfolds. What links now with then, is your faith. Exult in these chapters.

Hebrews 10—11

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read 1 Timothy and Hebrews.

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Chesed le’olam

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My days in early religious life were filled with this psalm. We used to sing it to the psalmody of Joseph Gelineau, a Jesuit priest from France, who set the entire Psalter to music. You will catch the sweet flow of the rhythm if you swing from side to side accenting the underlined words.

Chesed (the first syllable has a guttural sound), is the Hebrew word for God’s loving kindness, God’s faithful love which is constant and forever, ‘olam. This latter word expresses the immensity of God’s reign, infinitely extending in time and space. The verse for the day is Chesed le’ olam. It has the feeling of a sigh to it. What a lovely way to spend your day, often breathing out this verse as you sigh in gratitude for the long list of loving kindnesses that the Lord has bestowed upon you!

Psalm 136

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We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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