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Daily Devotional Prayer

Daily Devotion for May 17, 2022


<i>The Appearance to the Apostles</i>, Duccio di Buoninsegna ca. 1311.
The Appearance to the Apostles, Duccio di Buoninsegna ca. 1311. This ancient masterpiece from Siena, depicting Jesus' first appearance to the apostles after his crucifixion, has unfortunately suffered a lot of damage. Duccio's style is at the very cusp of the early Renaissance.

Prayers

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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.

To Serve God

Teach me, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that I do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Prayer of Determination

Heavenly Father, I have been so wishy-washy when it comes to taking hold of Your promises and making them mine. But today, I’m putting my foot down! I will not allow my human reason to talk me out of my spiritual inheritance. I will set my foot down on every promise that You have given me today.

I’m going in! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Amen.

To Abandon Delusions

begging hands small

Dear Lord, forgive me that I turn my eyes away from you towards the things of this world. I am sorry for the fantasies that I so desperately cling to in order to sustain my ego, my pride, my selfishness. Take them away by your marvelous power, oh Holy Spirit, that I might serve you and my fellow man rather than my sinful self. Let me see myself through your eyes and know that my glory, peace, and salvation come from you alone.

Amen.

Meditation

Let me not put my trust in the thoughts of my mind. (Hard to do!)


Benediction

Be merciful, O Lord, to those who have entrusted me, an unworthy sinner, to pray for them. Be merciful, O Lord, to all who ask Your help. O Lord, make this day a day of Your mercy; give to each according to their petition. Be the Shepherd of the lost, the Guide of Light of unbelievers, the Teacher of the unwise, the Father of orphans, the Helper of the oppressed, the Healer of the sick, the Comforter of the dying, and lead us all to the desired end — to You, our refuge and blessed repose. Thus I pray, in the name of Christ,

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


This haunting Celtic ballad from Enya reminds us, when we feel lost: Believe and you will find your way.



Scripture

Proverbs 9:7-8 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.


Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 16:13-17 (ESV)

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

Notes on the Scripture

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hrist once again withdraws from the crowds to be alone with his disciples, knowing that, after the visit from the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jerusalem, the die had been cast that would put his arrest and execution into motion. Caesarea Philippi was a town at the extreme north edge of Galilee; the map shows it to be in “Gaulanitis” but it had, in fact, been annexed into the Herodian kingdom (although its tetrarch at this time was yet another, different, Herod — “Herod Philip II”). The ruins today lie in the Golan Heights; so they had withdrawn up into the mountains.

Jesus asks them who the “Son of Man” is. This expression seems to give a lot of people a lot more trouble than it warrants. It was an idiom in both Hebrew and Aramaic, used as a synonym for “man” when the speaker meant to emphasize a person’s humanity. When Jesus uses it, he is fixing firmly in mind that he is a human being and shares with us, fully, what we might call “the human condition.”

Christians sometimes become so enthusiastic about the divinity of Christ, that they lose part of the message. Jesus corrects this by calling himself the Son of Man, again and again, to fix in our minds that he was fully human. In fact, he uses it so often, and so pointedly, that it is treated (in the context of Christianity) as a proper noun, a name of Christ. And actually, the same applies to the term “Son of God”, for the expression is used in the Old Testament in a variety of circumstances — most broadly, perhaps, in Exodus 4:22-23, “Thus says Yahweh, Israel is my first-born son, and I say to you, 'Let my son go that he may serve me’” — and, when Gabriel tells Mary that her son will be the Son of God, there is no reason for her to think he would necessarily be divine.

Saint Peter, by Giotto
Peter (by Giotto)

It was only in retrospect that the term became a proper noun, a name of Christ, and even so we can differentiate it from the common usage only by context. For example, in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ himself says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9) It is the translators, not Matthew, who capitalize the “S”: the original Greek for today’s passage reads “son of man” and “son of God”.

But Peter clearly intends the term to indicate the divinity of Jesus. He is saying that Jesus is, in fact, God’s only begotten Son; for yet again, God the Father is our Father as well as Christ’s; but He is Christ’s Father in a second sense specific to Christ, as well as in the sense that He is the Father of all men, both us and Christ. We say that God the Father created all people, but begat Jesus, to differentiate.

Thus Christ, in the last sentence, speaks of “my Father”, which he does whenever he wants to emphasize the special relationship between himself and God the Father, the relationship of God to God.



Daily Inspiration

“Have I Done Any Good
in the World Today?”


Peacock as resurrection motif
Ancient motif of the Resurrection, from St. Mary’s Church, Ireland.

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Today in Daily Prayer


Memory Verse

Mark 9:40: He who is not against us is for us. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.



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