TUESDAY (May 26, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (1 Peter 4:12–16)
Suffering for our sin in this life is the consequences of our wrongdoing. That’s a part of our lives together as sinners in need of the Gospel. But what Peter is talking about there is suffering for being a Christian. Literally we “share Christ’s sufferings. That’s not the usual thing we think about sharing! But by sharing in His sufferings, we will also share in His glory that will be revealed at the Last Day. So don’t be afraid when the trials come. It is a sign that you are Christ’s child, and that you will live with Him forever.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Ezekiel 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)
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.