Bible Wednesday 12/20: Redeemed

Studying this morning's readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 49:1-20. Verses 6-15, material wealth can't ransom the soul. What can I do in the next few days to focus on the reason for the season, the coming not of Santa but of the Redeemer?

Revelation 18:9-24. Vivid picture of human opulence and pride swept away in a divine reckoning. Again, how shall I make this not a consumerist Christmas but a holy one?

Luke 22:63-71. Same point from another angle: at his enemies' mercy, Jesus foretells his victory. What new depths can I see in the Nativity by remembering the Cross to which it led?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.