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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our errors - Daily Bible Readings April 1,2015


1ST READING
 
Jesus set His face like flint to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51). Is the use of the word “flint” in this reflection similar to the one in Isaiah’s third Servant Song? I believe so. Jesus knows what He has to do, in the same way the Servant does, and He gets on with it even though He knows that it will not be a nice experience.
 
Isaiah 50:4-9
4 The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; 5 and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. 6 I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. 7 The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. 8 He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. 9 See, the Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
R: Lord, in your great love, answer me.
7 [8] For your sake I bear insult, and shame covers my face. 8 [9] I have become an outcast to my brothers, a stranger to my mother’s sons, 9 [10] because zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me. (R) 20 [21] Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak, I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for consolers, not one could I find. 21 [22] Rather they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (R) I will praise the name of God in song, and I will glorify him in thanksgiving: 32[33]“See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! 33 [34] For the Lord hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.” (R)
 
 
GOSPEL
 
What makes Judas’ betrayal even worse is that he profits from it – 30 pieces of silver. I am challenged to reflect on my life to see if I have betrayed Jesus at any time for personal gain. I have to admit that there have been times when I was ashamed (for fear of rejection by others) to proclaim the Gospel as I should. While this might not be the same as what Judas did, it is similar and something that should never happen again.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our errors.
 
 
Matthew 26:14-25
14 One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, 16 and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. 17 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”’” 19 The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. 20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. 21And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” 23 He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” 25 Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”
 
think: Have I betrayed Jesus for personal gain?
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Exodus 25-27
 
PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
The ultimate purpose of my life
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GOALS FOR THE QUARTER
Priority areas God wants me to work on
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PRAYER SHEET                                                                                                                                 FOR
Things I will pray for regularly                                                                                                      MY LIFE

DATE                          PERSONAL NEED                           DATE                          GOD’S ANSWERS
When I                    “Until now, you have not                      When the                 “Ask and you shall receive,
started                asked for anything in My Name.”                answer                   that your joy may be full.”
praying                            - John 16: 24a                                 came                                  - John 16: 24b
 
 
PRAYER SHEET                                                                                                                                FOR
Things I will pray for regularly                                                                                                     MY LIFE

        EVANGELISM LIST                                                                        CARING LIST
                  People God wants me to                                                  People God wants me to
                                   bring closer to Him                                                 pray for and show more love to
 

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