Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lent Day 13

Wednesday, March 4: Words of Public Proclamation 61-66

61 A reprimand to the established clergy
62 Exposing the weakness of arguing from doctrine 
63 Condemnation of the socially righteous 
64 His role as “the stone rejected by the builders” 
65 The eternal life of the worthy 
66 The great paradox

Reflect: You have now read all of Jesus' recorded words of public proclamation. What themes did he seem to come back to over and over again? What (if any) things seem conspicuously absent from these words?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lent Day 12

Tuesday, March 3: Words of Public Proclamation 56-60
56 The assertion of Now 
57 The definition of prayer that is heard and received 
58 On marriage, divorce, and celibacy 
59 The cleansing of the Temple 
60 The prophecy of the Resurrection

Reflect: What do you think of the title of saying number 56, "The assertion of Now"? What strikes you overall about this set of sayings? Pick one to carry with you through the day. Write it somewhere you will see it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lent Day 11

Monday, March 2: Words of Public Proclamation 51-55


51 Prophecy of the Triumphal Entry 
52 The place of government in the believer’s life 
53 The cost of choosing to join the Kingdom 
54 The parable of the prodigal son 
55 The story of the rich man in Hell

Reflect: As Jesus neared the end of his life, he seemed to speak more and more using images and metaphors and stories (parables). Why do you think this might be?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lent Day 10

Saturday, February 28: Words of Public Proclamation 46-50


46 Concerning discernment instead of signs 
47 Human vulnerability and the call to repentance 
48 The power of petition 
49 The testimony of His objective acts 
50 The end of Time

Reflect: If you are participating in the brown bag lunch discussion tomorrow (or even if you are not), which words of Jesus have stuck with you most in the 50 sayings you have read so far? Why do you think these words have hung with you? What might God be trying to say to you through them?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lent Day 9

Friday, February 27: Words of Public Proclamation 41-45


41 The parable of the good Gentile 
42 On forgiveness 
43 On persistence in prayer 
44 On the relative importance of blood ties 
45 Concerning those who are clergy and professional functionaries of ...

Reflect: Why do you think Jesus spent so much time and energy addressing (often negatively) religious leaders? What prophetic words might he have to say to our leaders today? What prophetic words might he have for you?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lent Day 8

Thursday, February 26: Words of Public Proclamation 36-40
36 The assertion of “I Am” 
37 His role as self-sacrificing shepherd and doorway 
38 The importance to Heaven of every repentant convert 
39 Second summary of the Law and the Tradition 
40 The salvific role of the Law

Reflect: Why do you think Jesus used so much sheep and shepherd imagery? Do these images still work today even though we are not a farming/agricultural society? Why did Jesus spend so much time talking about the Law? How does that focus still speak to us today?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lent Day 7

Wednesday, February 25: Words of Public Proclamation 31-35


31 On religiosity as a rejection of God 
32 The source of personal defilement 
33 Assertion of His divine commission 
34 On judging the sins of others 
35 The assertion of His primal and fundamental nature

Reflect: What confuses you in these words of Jesus? What inspires you? What is the challenge to you today in these particular words of Jesus?