Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Save me from death
1  Lord, hear my prayer,
     listen to my cry for mercy;
   in your faithfulness and righteousness
     come to my relief.
2  Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous before you.
3  The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
     like those long dead.
4  So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.
5  I remember the days of long ago;
     I meditate on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6  I spread out my hands to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.

7  Answer me quickly, Lord;
     my spirit fails.
   Do not hide your face from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
     for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.
9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God;
   may your good Spirit
     lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
     in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
     destroy all my foes,
     for I am your servant.

Elisha raises a child from death
4:18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”

His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.

22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”

23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”

“That’s all right,” she said.

24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’”

“Everything is all right,” she said.

27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”

28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”

30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”

32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.

Alive in Christ
2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020
Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

Twentieth-century Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac wrote, “The finest and boldest Christian effort, the freshest and most enduring, has always flourished from the roots of tradition.”

Lord, we mark time with hours, days, months, and years. You mark time in ways we cannot comprehend. Help us learn to mark time with worship, praise, and prayers, rooting our lives in the living tradition of your beloved community. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020


Isaiah 53:5-6
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
  he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
  and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
  each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
  the iniquity of us all.
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The Lenten Prayer for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 30 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Loving God,
You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
and to desire only to do you will.

Thank you for the many blessings in my life
and for the ways I feel your presence.

Un dia a la Vez - Martes 31 de marzo de 2020


Oración por la unión de la familia

Dichosos todos los que temen al Señor [...] En el seno de tu hogar, tu esposa será como vid llena de uvas [...] tus hijos serán como vástagos de olivo.

¡Dios mío y Padre mío! Gracias por ser nuestro Padre. Gracias porque tú nunca nos dejarás ni nos abandonarás.

Te agradecemos porque de una manera sencilla puedo ver algunas de las cosas que esperas de mí como padre, como madre o como hijo.

Te pido perdón si no he desarrollado como es debido mi posición de hijo y de padre.

Te suplico que me des una nueva oportunidad para buscar más de ti y así obtener la sabiduría de cuidar a los míos de manera que sea un buen ejemplo para ellos.

Hoy, como familia, te rogamos que nos des un manto de unión y de protección. Que de una manera milagrosa sanes los corazones de cada uno de los que en este día se acogen a tu misericordia.

Te necesitamos y ponemos delante de ti todo hogar representado por cada persona que hoy hace esta oración.

Gracias, mi Dios, por la bendición de tener una familia.

Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por la unión de la familia

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

The personal and trusting relationship between God and His followers now leads the believer to the commissioning aspect of commitment—a task that is characteristic of being His true followers—“and follow me.” This commitment is not to a task but to a person. To be a follower of Jesus is to be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is one who follows the teaching of another; one who is like another; one who models after another.

What is the task to which he has called us? The task is none other than the words of what we call “The Great Commission”:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)

The Christian’s task is nothing short of being a servant of Jesus Christ proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ and helping others become followers of Jesus. Our primary responsibility is neither overthrowing governments nor opposing ideologies but a proactive one of making disciples of all nations.

In the course of our obedience to God’s authority, we may come in conflict with the existing government. We have been called to be good citizens and history has proven that Christians are generally law-abiding and hard-working. But when conflicts come, the Christian is ready to choose his commitment to Christ over his or her commitment to local authorities (Acts 4:19–20).

RESPONSE: Today I complete my commitment to follow Jesus in sharing His love with others.

PRAYER: As a true disciple, I give myself, Lord, to the task of world evangelization starting where You place me today.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions - March 31, 2020 - THE END—OR NOT



March 31, 2020

Then those who had seized Jesus led Him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. And Peter was following Him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.

I've often wondered why hope is considered to be a virtue. They call faith, hope, and love the three theological virtues, and I can see the point for faith and love. But hope? I'm used to thinking of that as something that just happens to me, depending on my life circumstances. I don't usually think of myself as responsible for having hope!

But then we have Peter in this story—and I begin to see the point. What is going on in Peter's head? Whatever it is, it doesn't include hope at all, in spite of everything Jesus has said so clearly about His death and resurrection. Peter follows Jesus at a distance, manages to get inside the courtyard, and goes to sit with the guards, of all people. He doesn't stand with John or the servants. He is sitting with Jesus' oppressors—the people who look like the winning side.

And Matthew says, "He sat with the guards to see the end." Peter is expecting an end—an end to Jesus, in the most literal sense. He is not expecting anything good, in spite of Jesus' promises about His death and resurrection. For all the hope Peter has, Jesus might just as well have never said a word about the future.

I imagine Peter cringed when he thought about this later in life—after the resurrection when it became clear that all Jesus' promises were true. But at the time, it seemed reasonable. Maybe that's the point. Because there are times in our own lives when losing hope in God's promises seems like the reasonable thing to do. Hope looks foolish. We are tempted to go and sit down with the guards.

So how do we keep up our hope when we are surrounded by trouble on every side? We remember God's good promises. None of them have ever failed—not "I forgive you," not "I will be with you and deliver you," not "I will come again and take you to Myself." None of them have ever failed. Jesus is utterly trustworthy. You know it from your own life. Put your hope in Him when things seem darkest—and wait to see what He will do.

THE PRAYER: Lord, help me to hope in You when things seem hopeless. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  1. What are you hoping for right now—whether great or small?
  2. When has God helped you in a hopeless time?
  3. What promise of God means the most to you at this time?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
What are you hoping for right now—whether great or small?

Devocional CPTLN del 31 de marzo de 2020 - El fin o tal vez no


El fin o tal vez no

31 de Marzo de 2020

Los que aprehendieron a Jesús lo llevaron ante el sumo sacerdote Caifás, donde estaban reunidos los escribas y los ancianos. Pero Pedro lo siguió de lejos hasta el patio del sumo sacerdote, y entró y se sentó con los alguaciles, para ver cómo terminaba aquello.

A menudo me he preguntado por qué la esperanza se considera una virtud. Llaman fe, esperanza y amor a las tres virtudes teologales, y puedo entenderlo respecto de la fe y el amor. ¿Pero la esperanza? Estoy acostumbrado a pensar en ella como algo que simplemente me sucede, dependiendo de las circunstancias de mi vida. ¡Normalmente no me considero responsable de tener esperanza!

Pero entones tenemos a Pedro en esta historia, y empiezo a ver el punto. ¿Qué está pasando por la cabeza de Pedro? Sea lo que sea, no incluye ninguna esperanza, a pesar de todo lo que Jesús ha dicho tan claramente sobre su muerte y resurrección. Pedro sigue a Jesús a cierta distancia, logra entrar al patio y va a sentarse con los guardias. Él no está con Juan o los sirvientes. Está sentado con los opresores de Jesús.

Y Mateo dice: "Se sentó con los alguaciles, para ver cómo terminaba aquello". Pedro espera un final, un final para Jesús, en el sentido más literal. No espera nada bueno.

Me imagino que Pedro se sintió un cobarde cuando pensó en esto después de la resurrección, cuando quedó claro que todas las promesas de Jesús eran verdaderas. Pero en ese momento parecía razonable. Quizás ese sea el punto. Porque hay momentos en nuestras vidas en que perder la esperanza en las promesas de Dios parece ser lo más razonable. Tener esperanza parece algo tonto.

Entonces, ¿cómo mantenemos la esperanza cuando estamos rodeados de problemas por todos lados? Recordando las promesas de Dios. Ninguna de ellas ha fallado nunca: ni "Te perdono", ni "Estaré contigo y te libraré", ni "Vendré otra vez por ti". Jesús es completamente confiable. Lo sabes por tu propia vida. Pon tu esperanza en él cuando las cosas parezcan oscuras, y espera a ver qué hará.

ORACIÓN: Señor, ayúdame a esperar en ti cuando las cosas parecen desesperadas. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  1. ¿De qué manera te ha ayudado Dios en un tiempo sin esperanza?
  2. ¿Qué promesa de Dios significa más para ti en este momento?

© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿De qué manera te ha ayudado Dios en un tiempo sin esperanza?

Nuestro Pan Diario - La herencia no se gana


La herencia no se gana

La escritura de hoy: Efesios 1:3-14
La Biblia en un año: Jueces 11–12; Lucas 6:1-26

… habiéndonos predestinado para ser adoptados hijos suyos por medio de Jesucristo, según […] su voluntad.

«Gracias por la cena, papá», dije mientras ponía mi servilleta en la mesa del restaurante. Había vuelto a casa durante unas vacaciones de la universidad, y después de haberme ido desde hacía tiempo, me pareció extraño que mis padres pagaran por mí. «De nada, Julie —respondió mi padre—; pero no tienes que agradecerme todo el tiempo. Sé que te has ido, pero sigues siendo mi hija y parte de la familia». Sonreí y dije: «Gracias, papá».

No he hecho nada para ganarme el amor de mis padres ni lo que ellos hacen por mí. Pero ese comentario me recuerda que yo tampoco he hecho nada para merecer ser parte de la familia de Dios.

En Efesios, Pablo dice a sus lectores que Dios los escogió para que fueran «santos y sin mancha» (1:4), o para ser presentados sin mancha delante de Él (5:25-27). Pero esto es posible solo por medio de Cristo, en quien tenemos «redención por su sangre, el perdón de pecados según las riquezas de su gracia» (1:7). No tenemos que ganar la gracia de Dios, el perdón ni la entrada a su familia. Simplemente, aceptamos su regalo.

Al creer en Cristo, nos convertimos en hijos de Dios, lo cual significa que recibimos vida eterna y tenemos una herencia que nos espera en el cielo. ¡Alabado sea Dios por ofrecer un regalo tan maravilloso!

De:  Julie Schwab

Reflexiona y ora
Padre, gracias por entregar a tu Hijo para poder ser parte de tu familia.
¿De qué maneras sientes o actúas como que te ganaste el amor de Dios? ¿Cómo puedes experimentar a diario la libertad de su amor?

© 2020 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
No he hecho nada para ganarme el amor de mis padres ni lo que ellos hacen por mí.