The Treasure of God’s Presence

A Maltese dog used to be part of our household. At mealtime, he would sit with eyes focused upon me, waiting for the moment when a few morsels were tossed his wayeyes glued to mine. His whole being was nothing but watching and waiting.

The Lord uses similar images to call us to watch and wait for God’s nourishing word. More than scraps from the table, Jesus longs to give you his very life. This is the only absolute value, one that needs selling and letting go of everything else.

The element of surprise is imaged in the thief coming when least expected. The only alternative is to expect the Lord all the time. Now is the time when the Lord wants to touch you with the treasure of his presence.

Luke 12:32–40

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Example: Where my treasure, there my heart v. 34

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
In year C, we generally read from the Gospel of St. Luke.


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A New Promised Land

At the age of 120, Moses is about to die. Listen to his final words to the people on the brink of the Promised Land. From the shores of the Red Sea, to the banks of the Jordan, God has been with his people. If God has been with them thus far, will God not be present in all the challenges to come?

There is an awesome silence as the people they listen to Moses. After the reading, linger and listen in the silence of your own prayer to the support, encouragement and love that God gives you; the Spirit brings to your mind how the Lord has always been with you, no matter what. What about the struggles you are facing? The same power that raised Jesus from the dead has been given to you and will be at work for you today.

Deuteronomy 2:31—3:22

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Example: It is You who fights for me. 3:22

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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Do You Smell Good to God?

The root meaning of the Greek word, bdelugma, is often translated as “abomination,” means “a foul thing.” Thus, the verse for today could be rendered, “What society finds valuable is a stench to God!”

The parables of “The Unjust Steward” and “Dives and Lazarus” form bookends for this verse, along with a few other teachings of the Lord that we often disregard. The stories have to do with covetousness in two formsgreed and lust, the latter being the underlying point of the prohibition against divorce.

Where do you find yourself as you pray these stories and teachings? It is about setting the Lord’s priorities in our lives. Spend time today being honest with yourself. Is there preoccupation with riches that is turning your life from being a sweet smelling fragrance into something that just doesn’t smell good to God?

Luke 16

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Example: Lord, You know what’s in my heart. v. 15

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

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