Saturday, March 26, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

Read: John 4:1-6 and Psalm 95

Today’s reading serves as a good introduction to tomorrow’s Gospel reading. Jesus decided to travel through Samaria (something that almost never happened), and he became wearied by his journey and was thirsty.

We forget sometimes that while Jesus was perfectly divine, he was also perfectly human. In other words, he was subject to the full load of feelings, weariness, hunger and thirst, etc. from which we all suffer. He was just as much of a human as we are.

That’s what makes him so special. At the same time he was the same as all of us, he was completely different. He was the Son of God, come to dwell among us. Throughout all the false religions of the world, none claim that their god loved them enough to live and work among them as one of them. Christianity is unique in that respect.

When Jesus asks us to follow him, he isn’t clueless about how hard that will be. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that he was tempted just like we are. He knows what it is like to be a human being. Yet he still asks us to follow him. Maybe he isn’t asking for so much after all.

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

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