A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Instruction and Indictment: The Sermon on the Mount and Discipleship-- John Wesley

After a hiatus I return to my series on the Sermon on the Mount.
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John Wesley (1703-1791) believed the Sermon on the Mount was very relevant for the current age. Of his fifty-two standard sermons, thirteen are from texts on the Sermon on the Mount. Wesley says several things in his first sermon from Matthew 5:1-4. (All the following quotes are from this sermon of Wesley.)

Scriptures and Prayer for Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1–2,5–9

Psalter: Psalm 78:1–6

Gospel: Matthew 5:17–19
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Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Old Testament: Song of the Three Young Men 2–4,11–20a (Apocrypha)

Psalter: Psalm 25:3–10

Gospel: Matthew 18:21–35
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O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for the Feast of St. Joseph

Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16

Psalter: Psalm 89:1-29 or Psalm 89:1-4, 26-29

Epistle: Romans 4:13-18

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
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O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for the Third Sunday in Lent

Old Testament: Exodus 17:1-7

Psalter: Psalm 95

Epistle: Romans 5:1-11

Gospel: John 4:5-42
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Enduring Presence, goal and guide, you go before and await our coming. Only our thirst compels us beyond complaint to conversation, beyond rejection to relationship. Pour your love into our hearts, that, refreshed and renewed, we may invite others to the living water given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday at the Cinema: Theology of Joy

Scriptures and Prayer for Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Old Testament: Micah 7:14–15,18–20

Psalter: Psalm 103:1–12

Gospel: Luke 15:11–32
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Grant, most merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lent-- You're Doing It Wrong

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Old Testament: Genesis 37:3–4,12–28

Psalter: Psalm 105:16–22

Gospel: Matthew 21:33–43
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Grant, O Lord, that as your Son Jesus Christ prayed for his enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.