Bible Saturday 2/24: Violence in the City

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?

Psalms 55:1-23. Verses 9-11, violence in the city is forever with us, and God is the only answer. How can I pray more faithfully for America’s epidemic of murder and drugs?

Jeremiah 24:1-10. Does God still see all of us in two baskets? By what criterion am I in one or the other? How does this relate to loving my neighbor as myself?

Romans 8:18-30. Verse 26, is there a need I’m at a loss how to pray for, where I can seek the Spirit’s help through wordless intercession?

Matthew 13:24-30. Does the metaphor of wheat and tares (KJV) describe not just types of people, but the inner life of each person? If so, what tares are in me? Should I really let them alone for now?

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