Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity:
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Judges 13:2-24, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, and John 7:40-52
Jesus was capable of causing a ruckus just by existing. Today we read of a disagreement between the Pharisees over whether or not he was a prophet. He was from Galilee, and no prophet had ever been born there. Had they read his birth certificate, they would have seen that he had been born in Bethlehem.
Jesus comes to us from unexpected places. We don’t expect to see him in the face of the person we are serving, yet he is there (Mt. 25:31-46). We don’t always expect to see him when we are facing intense stress or pain or beauty. Yet he is there, ready to lead the way and offer strength and guidance. We have only to recognize him.
Take a few moments to pray about this. Ask God to help you recognize Jesus when he reveals himself to you. Ask him to help you see Christ in those around you, particularly in those whom you are serving. Write your own prayer.