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Daily Devotion for July 28, 2021



Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem by Félix Louis Leullier, ca. 1860.
In one of the most iconic moments of Christian symbolism, Christ enters Jerusalem, not on a great white stallion, not surrounded by an army to take up a crown of gold, but on a humble donkey, to endure a crown of thorns.

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Lord’s Prayer

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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.




Prayer for the Morning

Holy Father, who watches over your children by night and by day; blessed Jesus, my food and my strength; sweet Holy Spirit, the light and guide of my soul; I thank you for this new day and pray that you will watch over me. May my thoughts, my words and actions reflect the Spirit that dwells within me. And may every minute of my life celebrate the gift of grace, earned by the blood of Christ, in whose name I pray.

Amen.

Prayer for the Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, I remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it is so easy for me to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, those who repel others by their appearance or personality, and all who have none to care for them. Help me to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Benediction

Oh God Almighty, send me Your light and truth, to keep this day and all the days of my life. And may Your mighty hand protect me, and all my brothers and sisters who have joined me in prayer this day, blessing our homes and our lives.

Amen.


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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What does Romans 14:1 teach us?

Answer: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. ”



<i>The Missal</i>, by John William Waterhouse, 1902.
The Missal, by John William Waterhouse, 1902.

Proverbs 17:24 (NKJV)

Wisdom is in the sight
of him who has understanding,

But the eyes of a fool
are on the ends of the earth.


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Isaiah 42:1-9 (ESV)

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ehold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.

Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”



Notes on the Scripture

A Light to the Nations

Isaiah here gives a great poetic tribute to Christ. His words are equally applicable to the Hebrews and to Christ’s disciples. If you read the passage with the thought that he is talking about Christ, Israel, Paul, or yourself, it makes sense.

lighthouse, light unto the nations

The third paragraph is something that has confounded people for thousands of years. Many Hebrews expected that their Messiah would come with a sword and an earthly crown; the appearance and divinity of Jesus was a shock to them. He preached a doctrine of peace and humility. He did not raise armies to conquer by force; He did not seek to take the power of civil government from Herod or the Romans. Instead, he submitted to force and, even in death, conquered the world by truth and goodness.

The battle continues to rage in our lifetime, as it has since Christ’s ascension. We are torn between two mighty forces. One is the law of nature, the survival of the fittest. It teaches us to build weapons, fight and kill if necessary, to seize power, to promote ourselves and make our abilities and accomplishments as public as possible. Few people are humble on television. The world preaches its doctrine in the language of anger and pride.

The other is the law of God, the survival of the meek, whom Jesus promised would inherit the earth. It tells us not to “cry or lift up [our] voice, or make it heard in the street.” We should be so gentle that we would not even break the most fragile thing possible, which Isaiah calls “a bruised reed.”

Christ promised that His Kingdom would come and would prevail over all. We pray for the coming of His Kingdom every day. But we must absorb His words: “My Kingdom is not of this world.”

Philip the Apostle
Philip the Apostle
Albrecht Durer 1505

There have been people with the strength of faith to practice this doctrine in life. Quakers would die before they would go to war, even refusing to defend themselves. But very few can live lives of pacifism. People don’t want to die; they don’t want to be conquered by other nations; they don’t want to be walked over during their lives by people of less ability and fewer scruples.

We must do the best we can with this. If we ever begin to feel self-righteous, like we are paragons of Christian virtue, we must ask ourselves if we have followed this, the hardest of all the Bible’s teachings.

When others assault you, physically or verbally, do you turn the other cheek? When someone sues you for your shirt, do you give him your cloak as well? Or do you hire a lawyer and defend your property? We all sin and fall short of the glory of God; but we can at least be truthful with ourselves about where we have fallen short and confess our shortcomings, rather than pretending they don’t exist.



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