Weekly Devotion & Prayer

August 18, 2019

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Holy Gospel:

Jesus delivers harsh words about the purifying and potentially divisive effects of obedience to God’s call.
The way of the cross often leads followers to encounter hostility and rejection, even from those they love.

[Jesus said:] 49“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  54He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. 55And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”

 Daily Prayer:

O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth.
Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed,
and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer
and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.