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 37:1-40. Verse 37, who are three individuals, personally known to me, that live out their love of God and neighbor in a way I’d like to emulate? What’s a small, specific goal I can set for Lent?
Proverbs 13:1-25. Verse 20, same question reversed. Who are some individuals that God would be pleased if I had less to do with, whether in person or through the media?
Romans 13:1-7. Do I approach government and politics as one of the meek who will inherit the earth, or more with wrath and ill temper? Am I a Christlike citizen?
Matthew 15:32-39. How could the disciples so quickly forget Jesus’ feeding of the multitude only a chapter before? When have I grieved him by being a slow learner, an unteachable dullard?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.