Bible Saturday 5/12: Born in Zion

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 87:1-7. Verses 5 and 6, a sort of Zion birth certificate. Do I have one? To what does it entitle me and obligate me?

Ezekiel 42:1-20. Verse 15, with what yardstick does God measure my stature, qualities, and conduct? How are the results made known to me? What am I to do with them?

Ephesians 3:8-13. Paul describes God's purpose for his life. How does God's purpose for my life resemble and differ from that of others? How can I know? How am I doing?

John 15:18-27. Why does the world hate Jesus and God? How is that hatred also directed at me?  If I am not feeling much or any of it, what should I be doing differently?

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