Thursday, April 11, 2013

Acts 5:27-33, Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20, John 3:31-36


Acts 5:27-33, Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20, John 3:31-36

Acts 5:27-33

Peter and the Apostles knew no fear - they preached the Good News and they were so effective that all who heard them preach were touched.  They were commanded by You to preach and teach and so they did, in obedience to Your command.  Our first allegiance is to God not to any human authority.

The Truth always stirs a response the good will be moved to repent and believe the wicked will be moved to seek to destroy and kill the Truth which is impossible, but they will spend the last ounce of their energy and resources to do so. Ultimately they will find that they are battling the wind and that they can never succeed.

Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20

 Verse 2, 9, 18-20

I will bless the Lord all my days;
his praise will be ever on my lips.

Oh, see and taste the goodness of the Lord!
Blessed is the one who finds shelter in him!

18 The Lord hears the cry of the righteous
and rescues them from all their troubles.
19 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves the distraught.
20 Many are the troubles of the just,
but the Lord delivers them from all.

Beloved, Your justice is righteous and Your judgments are true.  The wicked will find nowhere to hide from You.  Have mercy on Your poor, broken fallen world, a world You redeemed with Your Blood and continue to sanctify through Your Spirit; a world that the Father created in love and loves passionately.  Hear our prayers Lord and grant us wisdom, ears to hear, an intellect to understand and a will to obey.

John 3:31-36

Those who believe that You came from God into the world to redeem it have been given the grace to become children of the Light and of Truth. To us God has poured out the Spirit without measure.  The Spirit of God flows from You to us through the Beloved and we are caught up in the eternal embrace between Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, hear the prayers of those who cry out to You night and day to save the world from its iniquities.  Cleanse us from our sins in order that we may not perish in the wrath of God that will be visited on the earth because of the wicked.  For the sake of Your sorrowful passion be merciful to us O Lord and protect and save us.

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