Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Why were the religious leaders so upset with Jesus that they wanted to kill him?
Friends, the Jews charged Our Lord Jesus Christ with blasphemy because he claimed to be the Son of God and he made himself equal with God. The law of Moses laid down the death penalty for such a crime: “He who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him” (Leviticus 24:16). As they were picking up stones to hurl at Jesus, he met their attack with three arguments. The many good works that he did, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, and feeding the hungry, demonstrated that his power and marvelous deeds obviously came from God.
And Jesus anoints us with his power to live the Gospel with joy and to be his witnesses in the world. Are you a doer of God’s word, or a forgetful hearer only?
Write upon my heart, O Lord, the lessons of your holy word, and grant that I may be a doer of your word, and not a forgetful hearer only. Amen. Good morning and have a penitential Friday!
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan
Day 34 Read Luke 22:39-62