Tuesday, March 22, 2022

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Third Week in Lent, Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Romans 2:12-16
People who do not have the law and who are sinners will be lost, although they do not have the law. And, in the same way, those who have the law and are sinners will be judged by the law. Hearing the law does not make people right with God. It is those who obey the law who will be right with him. (Those who are not Jews do not have the law, but when they freely do what the law commands, they are the law for themselves. This is true even though they do not have the law. They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, just as the law commands. And they show this by their consciences. Sometimes their thoughts tell them they did wrong, and sometimes their thoughts tell them they did right.) All these things will happen on the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge people’s secret thoughts. The Good News that I preach says this.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

You have set your word before and within us. We were once children who followed your teachings through the eyes of older generations. Here in your sacred prayer space, your voice speaks truth: “All shall fade away, but the word of God will stand forever.” We long to go deeper with you, LORD. Invite us once again to participate in your mystery.

We hear the invitation to examine our thoughts and not to hide them from you. You are patiently waiting for us to bring our thoughts into the open with you, so you can reveal to us your truth and ways. Thank you that you are not scandalized by our thoughts; you already know them. You want us to live as free people, not controlled by what we are hiding. Thank you that your ways are not our ways. Thank you that your words bring healing, restoration, life, and freedom.

I hear your invitation to participate in your mystery today, LORD, and thank you for…

Place your word in our hearts so we may receive your love and teaching in the veins of our existence. Be our life source, our energy, and our power. We are no longer children of the world, but children of yours, our one and only true God. When the earth and all within it falls away, we will stand firm in your word.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 39:1-13
Ezekiel 17:1-10

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