Archive for 'Sacrifice'

Temporary Dwelling Places

John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30 Wis 2:1, 12-22 / Ps 34:17-21,23 Now the Jewish festival of Tents was near. . . (John 7:2) This is but a short life we live, With shelter in a fragile shell; But our hope leads us to believe Celestial homes are where we’ll dwell. Jesus went about in Galilee. […]

On Fasting and Feasting

Matthew 9: 14-15 Is 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-6ab,18-19 Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is with them? (Matthew 9:15) No one fasts on a wedding feast, Or abstain in a celebration; But during Lent the parties cease, For fasting and mortification. The disciples of John came to Jesus, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees […]

Triumph of the Cross

John 3:13-17 Nm 21:4b-9/ Ps 78:1-2,34-38/ Phil 2:6-11 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15) Grant us the grace, Lord, to be aware That our sins are Your crucifixion; And the […]

From Crossings to Crosses

Matthew 14: 22-36 Jer 30:1-2,12-15,18-22 / Ps 102 “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31) Whenever storms may come my way, Or when I cross thru paths unknown, To bear my cross I need but pray To God, and I’m not left alone. Jesus made the disciples get into a […]

Testing and Betrayal

Matthew 26: 14-25 Isa 50: 4-9a / Psa 69 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. (Isaiah 50:6-7) Lord, we trust that all […]

The Purpose of Fasting

Matthew 9: 14-15 Isa 58:1-9a / Psa 51 For You do not desire sacrifice, a burnt offering You would not accept. My sacrifice is a broken spirit; Lord, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart. (Psalm 51:18-19) If we wish to be a devout Follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, We must abstain and do […]