TUESDAY (October 6, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
“If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:4–8)
St. Paul lays out his credentials as a faithful Jew with circumcision, bloodlines, adherence to the Pharisaical laws, and even a persecutor of the church. In other words, he was a model Jew—and one could find no blame in him. In the eyes of the Jewish religion and people, he had everything. But he counts that as nothing. Bloodlines, rules, power no longer define who is in and who is out. Jesus Christ is the new measuring line. His credentials are not ones of power and might, but of love and compassion. Jesus comes for all—not just for the chosen few.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Russ (Davis) 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)
Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fullness of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.