Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 10:25-29

February 11, 2009

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Holy Spirit, bring children to our parish so that Jesus may touch them. Make every one of us eager to receive children into our common life.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:14)
      Father, let your kingdom come among us, your will be done among us.

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
      Jesus, please give us a heart and a desire to receive the kingdom of God on your terms, not ours or the world’s terms.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, please take me up in your arms, lay your hand on me, and bless me. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me; return to me. I AM waiting for you to return to me. Let my guide you throughout this day. I will do what you cannot; I will show you the path to walk in.

Wednesday: 119:97-120; Isaiah 59:15b-21; 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147; Isaiah 60:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31

      Words received for a Sunday School lesson in February
“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'” (Luke 10:25) A word received: This is the acid test: “What will I do to enter the kingdom of God when I die?” I want you to be ready to answer that. I want you to know beyond any doubt why and how you are saved.

“He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?'” (Luke 10:26) A word received: I want you to read the whole of the Bible. Do not let anyone cheat you out of that treasure. I want you to know what I have said in the Scriptures.

“So he answered and said, ‘”You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,” and “your neighbor as yourself.”‘” (Luke 10:27) A word received: I want you to know this as well. I want you to ask me to write it on your hearts.

“And he said to him, ‘You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.'” (Luke 10:28 ) A word received: Loving God with all that you have and are and loving your neighbor as yourself is my desire for you.

“But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'” (Luke 10:29) A word received: If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:20-21)

Albany Intercessor

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