Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 18, 2019
 
 
 
 

Monday March 18

Vision to see anew


Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’

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Outside of God’s love, there is no forgone conclusion.  There is no one and nothing outside of the redemptive presence and power of God.  That is a statement that likely brings us both hope and discomfort.   Zacchaeus saw the world in a particular way, until one day he went out of his way to see from a different perspective.  (And his transformation did not just come because he finally had an aerial view).   He experienced Jesus.  And suddenly everything changed!


Where in your life have you taken for granted the presence and vision of Jesus? 


Engage your day with an expectation that you will experience God.


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The Breastplate of Saint Patrick


I bind to myself today

The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:

I believe the Trinity in the Unity

The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today

The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,

The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,

The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,

The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today

Saint Patrick's Breastplate, a Prayer of Protection, also known as The Deer's Cry or The Lorica of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick's Hymn is a lorica whose original Old Irish lyrics were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. We will be reading the Breastplate throughout the week. 













 
 
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