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 51:1-19. Verses 3-5, do I live most of the time with this clear self-knowledge of my need for Christ's atonement, or with the complacent sense that I'm basically a good person?
Lamentations 1:1-22. Same question put collectively. As Lent concludes, is my church more a comfortable community or a contrite one? How desperate are we for God? My role?
John 12:20-41. Verse 36 KJV, children of light. If I and other Christians lived up to this, what would people notice about us? What would not be said of us? Do I measure up?
Matthew 21:12-27. Verses 12-16, if Jesus had looked in at my church yesterday, Palm Sunday, what would he have seen that pleased him? Or displeased him? Action point?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.