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Saturday, March 8


Scripture: Luke 19:47–48

The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him.

Oddly enough, the cross-bound life both repels and attracts. In these short two verses, we see first the way that Jesus’ ministry angers the religious leaders of the time. They are frustrated, because as much as Jesus’ ministry annoys them, it captivates the people. The combination of his selfless love and his table-turning actions draw in those who long for a different view of a life well lived.

Even today, while seeking Jesus’ perspective on a life well lived—a cross-bound life—we find folks who scoff and others who wonder. Can you think of any Christians who have astounded you with their faithfulness—or whose imitation of Jesus caused others to mock? Who is overturning tables in your community, and are you responding like the disciples or like the religious leaders of Jesus’ time?

Help me, O God, to live out my faith with integrity, whether it leads to scorn or praise.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 43; 149
First Reading Ezekiel 39:21-29
Second Reading Philippians 4:10-20
Gospel Reading John 17:20-26
Evening Psalms 31; 143

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