(Day Twenty Two) Daily Lenten Devotional

Saturday, March 25th (Day Twenty Two)

Discerning the Effect of the Lord’s Sacrifice on Your Life

Jesus’ Second and Third Teaching on the Paschal Event, Mark 9:30-32 and Mark 10:32-34

1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.

2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.

3. Read Mark 9:30-32 and Mark 10:32-34 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.

4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.

Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:

I now have a sense of great urgency as I walk with Jesus and the others. I can hear and feel it in the Lord’s voice, as well, as he speaks again of his death and resurrection. The Lord’s words do not seem to be penetrating the hearts of most of his listeners. At best it appears that all the others can hear is “death.” They seem deaf to the prospect of “resurrection.” Jesus notices this, so he adds some details, mocking, spit upon, scourged. I feel as if someone punched me in the stomach. This may be because I know the reality of these words being spoken by Jesus. But the others seem to be in a state of denial. I feel privileged to be walking with, and listening to, Jesus but I feel guilty as well, knowing that the events of which Jesus is speaking are going to occur because of my sin. I want to scream out “I’m sorry.” But instead I fall to my knees in worship then silence. I feel a deep, strange desire to become united with the lord and the lord’s suffering. It only seems right. If I fail to unite with the Lord in suffering how can I hope to be united in his joy? I said to Jesus, “Show me how.” Jesus said, “Gene, follow me.”

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