TUESDAY (August 4, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;” (Isaiah 55:3)
“I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:1–5)
From the days of their youth, the Jews have heard the promise of the coming Messiah. They know the stories by heart. They have been trained to look for the One who is to come. They are heirs to the One who was promised. And yet, many of them completely missed the boat. Jesus Christ was the One who was promised from of old. He is the One who came to fulfill all. And these “kinsmen” of whom Paul speaks (for he was a Jew as well), don’t get it, causing Paul unceasing anguish.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with David this week. Give him your grace and teach him to learn more of your mercy with each passing day. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.