Saturday, April 2, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

Read: John 1:1-9 and http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2023&version=NKJV

St. Paul’s writings to the Ephesian church and today’s passage about Christ being the Light combine work together with tomorrow’s reading about the blind man whom Christ healed. The common theme is light.

While Paul doesn’t mention light in the passages from Thursday and yesterday, he is talking about removing things from our lives that cause us to be spiritually blind. If we will allow the light of Christ to come within us, we can become faithful disciples and do God’s work. Today we read St. John’s passage about how Christ (the Word) is the light of the world. Tomorrow’s Gospel reading deals with a blind man receiving his sight – a miracle made more wonderful by the double application into our own lives.

Christ works among us, trying to remove our blindness. The problem is that sometimes we run and hide. Instead of embracing the changes God has for us, we get resentful and start throwing temper tantrums.

Open your eyes. As one man said to Jesus, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief.”

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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