Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Friday, March 21

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to see how God can work with my weaknesses and failures.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Luke 19:1-10
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house."
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
"He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost."

From “A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer“ by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (HarperOne, 1990):

Only when we have felt the terror of the matter, can we recognize the incomparable kindness. God comes into the very midst of evil and death, and judges the evil in us and in the world. And by judging us, God cleanses and sanctifies us, comes to us with grace and love … God wants to always be with us, wherever we may be — in our sins, suffering, and death. We are no longer alone; God is with us.

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Philippians 1: 3-6
I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you,
praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,
because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Reflection Questions

  1. How do I experience God using my weaknesses for God’s greater glory? I talk with God about this.
  2. When have my failures been a grace for me and for others?

Reflection

Hymn: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” by Henry W. Baker

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Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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