READINGS for 2006-04-01
?I leave everything I do to you. ? Jeremiah 11:20
Since July 1998, I have been assigned to lead the CBSG (Christian Bible Sharing Group) composed of 40 co-inmates here at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW). CBSG was originally meant to be an intercessory prayer group that prays for brothers from the ?inside? and ?outside.? They say we are Jesus? favorite that?s why we receive lots of prayer requests, especially from the ?outside.?
All glory is only for You, Lord Jesus.
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There is never any point seeking revenge against those who hurt us. Jeremiah had more reasons than most to do this but he refrained from doing so because he was willing to trust that the Lord would vindicate him in the end. It is this attitude that we must take with us through our lives or we will find that resentment and bitterness will eat us up. Let us leave our vindication and ultimately our peace in the hands of God, not our own.
18 I knew it because the LORD informed me; at that time You, O LORD, showed me their doings. 19 Yet, I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: ?Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will not be spoken no more.? 20 ?But you, O Lord of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart, let me witness the vengeance You take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause!?
P S A L M
Psalm 7:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
R: O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.
1 O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me, 2  lest I become like the lion?s prey, to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me. (R) 8  Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just, and because of the innocence that is mine. 9  Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but sustain the just, O searcher of heart and soul, O just God. (R) 10  A shield before me is God, who saves the upright of heart; 11  a just judge is God, a God who punishes day by day. (R)
G O S P E L
There is total confusion around the identity of both Jesus and the Messiah. The people do not seem to know what to think or believe in this regard. No wonder it was not difficult to rouse the people to speak against Jesus when the time came for His judgment by Pilate. Ignorance of the truth makes it very easy for us to be deceived. Let us pray and work for a deeper understanding of our faith so that we will be more firmly founded in the truth of our salvation.
40 Some in the crowd who heard these words said, ?This is truly the Prophet.? 41 Others said, ?This is the Messiah.? But others said, ?The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he? 42 Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David?s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?? 43 So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. 44 Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. 45 So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ?Why did you not bring him?? 46 The guards answered, ?Never before has anyone spoken like this one.? 47 So the Pharisees answered them, ?Have you also been deceived? 48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.? 50 Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, 51 ?Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?? 52 They answered and said to him, ?You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.? 53 Then each went to his own house.
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FOOLS FOR CHRIST, FOOLS LIKE CHRIST
Today is ?April Fool?s Day.? Let me remind everyone that ?April Fool?s Day? is not a liturgical celebration. But let me invite all of you to be ?fools? today and always. Yes, let us be ?fools? for the Lord.
How foolish I truly am, O Lord, for trusting in men rather in You. How foolish I really am, for fearing losing everything rather than losing You. How foolish I truly, really am, O Lord, for trusting more in myself and less in You. Forgive me and make me wise. Amen.
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