Then one from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:13-14)
Jesus, we hold up those dioceses and parishes that are splitting and there is disagreement over how to divide up the in heritance from prior generations. Help them to look beyond questions of property and ownership to your purposes.
And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)
Jesus, please get our nation and culture back on track: we have made the pursuit of things the goal of life rather than pursuing your kingdom purposes.
Then he spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘” (Luke 12:16-19)
Father, we have stored up surpluses of food and things in this nation and much of the world goes to bed hungry. Have mercy on us and bring us to repentance.
“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
Holy Spirit, please use this time of financial crisis to turn our attention back to your purposes for us.
Then he said to his disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-23)
Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to trust in you and do good; to dwell in the land and feed on your faithfulness. (From Psalm 37:3)
“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” (Luke 12:24-26)
Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside fretting because others have prospered and we have not; help us to lay aside envy and cease from anger — it only causes harm. (From Psalm 37:1,7-8 )
“If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Luke 12:28-31)
Jesus, help us throughout this diocese seek after your kingdom purposes.
A word received: Place your hope in me and not in changing circumstances. Turn to me day by day for the help that only I can give. Keep your hearts fixed on me.
Friday: 51; Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22 or Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 13:1-10; Luke 12:13-31
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17 or Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 13:11-18; Luke 12:32-48