Bible Thursday 6/15: To Heal America

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 74:1-23. Verse 20, KJV: "The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty." What of the darkness in my own heart? How can my thoughts and actions today contribute to to the healing of America?

Leviticus 10:1-20. How can this chapter be in the same Bible with St. John's declaration that God is Love? Of what value is this terrifying story to my Christian walk and growth?

I Corinthians 15:20-34. What is asked of me by Paul's statement that following Jesus involves having to die daily (verse 31)?

John 19:1-16. How far down the road are Americans, even many Christians, even me, with the chief priests' political view, "We have no king but Caesar" (verse 15)? Prayer point for today?

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