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The Word Among Us

Monday, June 05, 2006

Meditation
2 Peter 1:2-7



His divine power has granted us all things . . . through the knowledge of him who called us.(2 Peter 1:3)

Do you know Jesus? The question may make us feel uncomfortable, either because it seems very personal in nature or because we really don’t know how to answer it. After all, how can anyone “know” the eternal Son of God? Immediately, we sense that knowing Jesus involves more than an intellectual grasp of his teachings or a familiarity with the story of his life, death, and resurrection. To say, “I know Jesus” is more like saying, “I know Emily. She’s my neighbor,” or “I know my husband very well.”

As daunting a question as this may seem, in reality it’s probably one of the most encouraging, hope-filled questions anyone could ever ask us. Why? Because knowing Jesus is not very hard at all. In fact, it’s very easy—not because Jesus is so compatible with us but because he wants us to know him. Jesus longs to have a personal relationship with us.

So how do we get to know Jesus? One of the best ways is through his word in Scripture. Scripture does far more than convey information or tell a good, stirring story. It has the power to change us from the inside out. Every time we read the Bible, it is Jesus himself speaking to us—if we let him. He comes to fill our minds with his truth and his promises. He comes to free our hearts from hurtful desires, sinful enticements, and painful memories.

This is why Peter said that God’s divine power has given us everything we need “through the knowledge” of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). Knowing Jesus doesn’t just make us friends with God—amazing as this is. Knowing Jesus changes our lives forever. So what can possibly hold us back? We can, if we hold on to fears, sins, or frustrations. Spend time with Jesus. Let his word soften your heart and strengthen your mind. As you do, you too will become a “partaker of the divine nature” (1:4).

“Lord Jesus, let me hear your voice. I want to know the power of your divine nature working in me, drawing me closer and closer to you. I want us to become best friends, even as I learn to submit to your authority and lordship.”

Psalm 91:1-2,14-16; Mark 12:1-12



26 posted on 06/05/2006 10:36:36 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Vespers -- Evening Prayer

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.


A suitable hymn may be inserted at this point.

Psalm 10 (11)
The Lord, support of the just
I trust in the Lord, so why do you say to me:
“Fly up to the mountain like a sparrow”?

“For the wicked have drawn their bows, fitted the arrow to the string, to shoot in darkness at the upright of heart.
When the foundations are being overthrown, what are the just to do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes look down on the poor, he examines the children of men.
The Lord scrutinises the just and the unjust, and his heart hates those who do evil.
He rains down coals upon the wicked, fire and brimstone and a scorching wind: this is what he gives them to drink.

For the Lord is just and loves just deeds, and the upright shall see his face.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 14 (15)
Who is worthy to face the Lord?
Lord, who will live in your tent? Who will dwell on your holy mountain?

Whoever comes there without stain, acts rightly, speaks truth in his heart.
Whoever does not speak deceitfully, – or do harm to his neighbour, – or slander him.

Whoever despises the evil-doer, but he reveres those who fear the Lord.
Whoever swears and keeps his word, come what may – lends his money without usury – takes no bribe to condemn the innocent.

Whoever lives like this will stand firm for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Ephesians 1
God the Saviour
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us, in Christ, with every spiritual blessing in heaven.

In love, he chose us before the creation of the world,
to be holy and spotless in his sight.

He predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ,
simply because it pleased him to do so.

This he did for the praise of the glory of his grace,
of his free gift of us to his Beloved,

in whose blood we have gained redemption,
and the forgiveness of our sins.

This he did according to the riches of his grace,
which he gave us in abundance,

with all wisdom and discernment,
revealing to us the mysteries of his will,
because it pleased him to do so.

In this action he has planned, in the fulfilment of time,
to bring all things together in Christ,
from the heavens and from the earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.
A short Bible reading and responsory may follow here.
Canticle Magnificat
My soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God, my salvation.
For he has shown me such favour –
 me, his lowly handmaiden.
Now all generations will call me blessed,
 because the mighty one has done great things for me.
His name is holy,
 his mercy lasts for generation after generation
 for those who revere him.

He has put forth his strength:
 he has scattered the proud and conceited,
 torn princes from their thrones;
 but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
 the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
 he has remembered his mercy as he promised to our fathers,
 to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
 as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
 world without end.
Amen.

Some short prayers may follow here, to offer up the day's work to God.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
A concluding prayer may follow here.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
A M E N

27 posted on 06/05/2006 11:01:11 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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