Studying this morning's four 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 149:1-9. Beginning at verse 5, this evokes what used to be called the Church Militant. What relevance does that fighting faith have for my own church today, and for me as one Christian?
Song of Solomon 5:1-16. Does the beauty of King Jesus, described at verse 10 and after, contrasting with the suffering servant of no beauty in Isaiah 53:2, explain why his followers scarcely knew him when risen? How can he bless me in both aspects today?
John 21:1-10. When have I been tempted, like the disciples here, to forsake fishing for men and resume simply fishing? Did Jesus draw me back with an empty net, then a full one?
John 21:11-25. Is the call to feed Christ's sheep meant not just for Peter but for us all? If so, how can I be more obedient to that call?
To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.