Living In Light and Truth

Day 58

Leviticus 20:22‐22:16; Mark 9:1‐29; Psalm 43:1‐5; Proverbs 10:18

Living In Light and Truth

Most of us reading this made a commitment to read the Bible each day this year; perhaps it was one of our New Year Resolutions. Now, two months of the new year are past and keeping this resolution is not a simple task. Each day we have to commit ourselves afresh to this discipline. It is not as easy as we might have assumed.

So, today is a good time to hear God’s Word on our behalf. From today’s Psalm: Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell” (Psalm 43:3). Isn’t this just what we need, a fresh dose of God’s light so we can experience His truth afresh in our lives? And, aren’t we reminded that Jesus is both the light and the truth we seek?

God, by the grace and power of your Holy Spirit, fill us with light and lead us to truth. Give us a hunger for your Word, both written and incarnate. Help us to experience, even as Peter did, the joy of being in your presence. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Richard Bordin
Holy Cross
Winter Haven, FL

Sign or No Sign?

Day 57

Leviticus 19:1-20:21; Mark 8:11-38; Psalm 42:1-11; Proverbs 10:17

Sign or No Sign?

In a moment of frustration, Mark tells us that Jesus declared that no sign would be given to “this generation.” Yet, Jesus’ ministry was full of signs, both before and after this statement.

So, what are we to make of His refusal to give a sign to “this generation?” It appears that “this generation” is a pejorative term applying to a certain type of person coming to Jesus. In this case, it is a group of argumentative Pharisees who appear more interested in disproving Jesus than in discerning whether He might be the Messiah. Jesus has already performed many signs, and it seems likely that at least some of their number would have been present at one or more. Certainly, they have had many first hand testimonies.

Jesus knows that the eyes of the skeptic will see what they want to see, and the hardened heart will not be cracked, even by a sign. Indeed, those who demand proof are rarely satisfied even when it is offered. This helps us to see that the purpose of Jesus’ signs is not primarily to convince skeptics, but rather to affirm and strengthen the faith of those open to following Jesus.

All those who seek to share Jesus with others will encounter skeptics – those already determined not to believe. Be not dismayed! Even Jesus encountered such and turned His energies, instead, to those open to believing.

The Rev. Eric Turner
St. John’s
Melbourne, FL

Atonement. Holy Worship. Holy Life

Day 56

Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:10; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16

Atonement. Holy Worship. Holy Life

“On this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before the LORD.” ~ Leviticus 16:30

Leviticus gives us the laws, statutes, and ordinances that God required of His people, Israel. Chapters 1-16 are the detailed instructions for the worship of God by the Israelites. Chapters 17-27 are God’s detailed commands for living a holy life before God.

The book of Leviticus is challenging reading for many people. We do not like having our lives micro-managed, we resist authority, we want to control our own destiny, and we know what is best for us. But is this true? DO we know what is best for us? Do we really know how to control our own destiny? Is being our own authority successful, and do we really manage our own lives effectively?

God’s biblical meta-narrative… God’s full revelation of Himself… the Kingdom of God coming to us… the Incarnation of the Word made flesh… Jesus Christ… His passion, crucifixion, death, resurrection, ascension, and return in glory is the true plan for humankind. Participation in the plan of Jesus’ atonement for our sins is by having a personal relationship with Jesus through our holy worship and living a holy life based on love and covenant with God.

God provides the way to cleanse us from our sins through Jesus Christ. Make Lent a time of giving control, authority, and management of our lives to the Lord. Let us contemplate the atoning acts Jesus has done for us and offer Him holy worship and holy lives following His commandments and leading new lives loving and serving Him.

The Rev. James Brzezinski
The Church of the Holy Faith
Santa Fe, NM