Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, March 19, 2017 — “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” — “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” — “The One Thing”

Third Sunday of Lent
Lectionary: 28

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Samaritan Woman at the Well by Angelika Kauffmann , 17–18th century

Reading 1 EX 17:3-7

In those days, in their thirst for water,
the people grumbled against Moses,
saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?
Was it just to have us die here of thirst
with our children and our livestock?”
So Moses cried out to the LORD,
“What shall I do with this people?
a little more and they will stone me!”
The LORD answered Moses,
“Go over there in front of the people,
along with some of the elders of Israel,
holding in your hand, as you go,
the staff with which you struck the river.
I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb.
Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it
for the people to drink.”
This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel.
The place was called Massah and Meribah,
because the Israelites quarreled there
and tested the LORD, saying,
“Is the LORD in our midst or not?”

Responsorial Psalm PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 2 ROM 5:1-2, 5-8

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Verse Before The Gospel CF. JN 4:42, 15

Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world;
give me living water, that I may never thirst again.

Gospel JN 4:5-42

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her,
“Go call your husband and come back.”
The woman answered and said to him,
“I do not have a husband.”
Jesus answered her,
“You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’
For you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one speaking with you.”

At that moment his disciples returned,
and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
but still no one said, “What are you looking for?”
or “Why are you talking with her?”
The woman left her water jar
and went into the town and said to the people,
“Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?”
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them,
“I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
So the disciples said to one another,
“Could someone have brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
and to finish his work.
Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’?
I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving payment
and gathering crops for eternal life,
so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for;
others have done the work,
and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him
because of the word of the woman who testified,
“He told me everything I have done.”
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

OrJN 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her,
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water.

“I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

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Jacob’s Well in Samaria – The History of the Samaritans

Jacob’s Well still exists in the ancient land of Samaria. Samaria was the land between Judaea and Galilee. In 722 BC, the Assyrians conquered this area and hauled most of the Israelites into captivity. According to Assyrian records, new inhabitants were brought in from the east, forming a new population. This mixture of indigenous Israelites with imported Assyrians is thought to be the beginning of the Samaritan people.

Later in the 6th century BC, when the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple, the new population of Samaritans in the north wasn’t invited to participate. They were considered “half-breeds,” with an impure mix of Judaism and “outside” religious customs.
So, after being snubbed, the Samaritans built their own temple on Mount Gerizim in Samaria about 330 BC. This became their holy mountain, and they changed some passages in the Hebrew Scriptures to reflect that. Simply, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along ever since.
But, Jesus was a unique Jewish rabbi. It seems he made a point of travelling through the region from time to time, especially when he travelled between Galilee and Jerusalem. His message was for everyone — including these so-called, “outcasts.”

Jacob’s Well in Samaria – The Samaritan Woman at the Well

Today, Jacob’s Well in Samaria lies within the monastery complex of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Nablus, a part of the Palestinian West Bank. Jacob’s Well is also about 250 feet from the archaeological ruins of ancient Shechem. Shechem has a long history in the Hebrew Scriptures, and was the first capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel.

On one occasion in the Gospels, Jesus had a conversation with a Samaritan woman by a well – Jacob’s Well. This well was already a sacred site at the time of Jesus, since Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, and his family and livestock drank from it.

The Gospel of John tells us:

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:4-15)

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Woman at the Well by Carl Heinrich Bloch

Then Jesus revealed things to the woman that he couldn’t have known. How she had many husbands and was now living with a man that she wasn’t married to. He lovingly confronted her about her past, and she acknowledged her wrongdoing. The Samaritan woman repented of her past and told her townspeople that she had met the Messiah. Over the next two days, Jesus stayed with them and many believed what he had to say.

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According to Christian Orthodox tradition, the Samaritan woman’s story at Jacob’s Well was so powerful that many became followers of Jesus, including her five sisters and two sons. The disciples heard of her experience with Jesus and came to baptize her, giving her the name “Photini,” meaning, “enlightened one.” Thus, the name of the Greek Orthodox Church in Nablus is “St. Photini the Samaritan.” Deep inside this church is the ancient site of Jacob’s Well in Samaria, which has been venerated by Christian pilgrims since the early 4th century AD.

https://www.drivethruhistory.com/jacob-well-in-samaria/

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Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico

My sisters and brothers in the Lord,

We ask so much of God!  So often our prayers are about what we need, what we want, what others need and what others want.  We are humans and most often focused only on our own world.  Today Jesus invites us to open our eyes and see the salvation of God all around us.  If we see salvation, we might prepare our hearts to walk with Jesus through death to resurrection.

The first reading today is from the Book of Exodus.  The Jewish people have begun their walk to the Promised Land.  Now they feel the lack of water and begin to complain.  Now it is water they lack, later it is food.  Still later they want a different leader.  The complaint does not matter!  Always it is something!  But water is important and we find this longing for water here in the first reading and then much more so in the Gospel from Saint John.

The second reading brings in another element:  God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.  The Letter to the Romans from which today’s small passage comes, reflects on the deep love of God for His people.  God loves us so much that He sends His own Son—even to die for us while we are still sinners.  For so many people today, such a sacrifice appears useless or even at times something that should be taken for granted.  We live in a society where we expect to be the center and to be taken care of.  How can we convey the immense value of Jesus giving His life for us?

Jesus shows us a way in the Gospel of John today.  He is gentle and courteous and draws the interest of the Samaritan woman in many ways.  First Jesus asks her for water.  Then later Jesus offers her water.  Slowly she comes to understand that this man there with her might be the Messiah.  This one of the very few places in all of Scripture where Jesus says completely directly:  “I am he, the one speaking with you.”

Each of us, right now, must become aware that this is Jesus speaking not only directly to the Samaritan woman, but to each one of us.  Jesus tells each one of us:  “I am the Messiah, the one who is speaking to you.”

So many of us look and look for the Messiah!  In so many ways we look for ways of salvation.  Yet, when the Messiah is right there with us and tells us:  “I am the Messiah,” we seem to ignore Him.  We want something or someone else.

Jesus, let me know You!  May I come to know you as the fulfilling of all that I have ever wanted!  Let me see Your face and I shall be saved.

Your brother in the Lord,

Abbot Philip

https://christdesert.org/

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Reflection by  The Most Rev Msgr William Goh Archbishop of Singapore

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FULFILLMENT IN LIFE THROUGH THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR HEARTS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH IN CHRIST


SCRIPTURE READINGS: [ EX 17:3-7; ROM 5:1-2, 5-8; JN 4:5-42 ]

Thirst is an experience we all can identify with.  When we are thirsty, we feel restless, uncomfortable, tired, weary, irritable and unable to focus on what we are doing.  Perhaps, for this reason, today’s scripture readings use the symbol of thirst to express these feelings of ours which extend beyond simply physical thirst.  Indeed, we are all seeking something in life that can fulfill us.   Such a need can be as tormenting, as the need for water.

Firstly, for many people, their thirst is for material things, like the Israelites in the first reading.  Like them, we are always grumbling that our material life is not comfortable enough. The word ‘enough’ simply does not exist in our vocabulary because we have a well that cannot seem to be filled.  Once something is given, we immediately seek something else.  That is the trouble with human beings.  Look at the Israelites. Once their thirst was quenched, they complained about the lack of bread, and then after being satisfied, they complained that they had no meat.  So you see, no amount of material goods can satisfy the physical needs of a person.  Such satisfaction will not turn into a spring of fulfillment but only emptiness and frustration.

Of course, for some people, it is not physical needs that they are looking for.  This group of people have gone beyond the survival level.  They are seeking emotional needs, like the Samaritan woman.  We are told that she had five husbands. She must have gone through quite a number of broken relationships.  She must have been a broken and bitter lady.  So you can imagine how surprised she must have been when Jesus, a Jew at that,  took interest in her and initiated a conversation with her. To know that somebody is concerned for her and interested about her life, as she remarked at the end of today’s gospel, “he told me all that I have ever done” certainly uplifted her.

Yet, in the final analysis, our physical and emotional needs, while certainly important, cannot give us the fulfillment that we are really seeking.  Even if our body is well looked after because we have attended to our physical needs; and even if our human spirit is satisfied because we have healthy relationships with people; yet our divine spirit is starved because the Spirit of God is missing in our lives.  God, it must be said, is irreplaceable.  No human person can rest so long as his divine spirit is not in touch with the Spirit of God.  For this reason, we need more than simply water and human relationships to satisfy us.  We need living water, which is the Spirit of God, to nurture and strengthen us.  This living water is Jesus Himself, who comes to give us His Spirit.  This is what St John and Paul speak about.  On this basis, we could say with Paul that “this hope is not deceptive because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us.”

But the fact is that many of us do not feel the love of God present in our hearts – the kind of experience that Paul speaks about.  In fact, we are just like the Israelites who in their emptiness and thirst questioned:  “Is the Lord with us, or not?”  Many of us too are asking the same question;  ‘Is God real?  Where is He?  If He is real, why don’t I experience Him and why doesn’t He seem to care?’ Yes, questions like that imply that somehow we are distant from God.  Is there anything we can do to improve our relationship with Jesus, our living water, the source of life?

Yes, only one thing is necessary.  We need to give faith a chance.  St Paul wrote to the Romans that it is “by faith we are judged righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace.”  Faith, then, is the pre-requisite for entering into a deep experience of God’s love and grace which is the experience of being loved even in our sinfulness, nothingness and brokenness.  This is the kind of love Paul meant.  Hence, he says “what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.”  Only such an experience of His overflowing love will buttress our hope in Him, a hope, Paul reassures us, that is not deceptive.

If faith is the answer to such an experience, necessarily we must ask exactly the nature of faith that is required of us.  Is faith simply a blind surrender and trust?  Nay, faith is a surrender based on a real and personal knowledge that what we hope for is well founded in truth.  Of course, faith entails trust and surrender as well.  But faith is not founded on falsehood. That would be fideism and superstitious.  Rather, faith is founded on the promises of God which are true.  Thus, Jesus tells the Samaritan that true worship, that is, a true experience of God, is not based on whether we worship at the right or wrong mountain but whether we worship in spirit and in truth.

Concretely, to worship in spirit and in truth implies two things.  Faith requires a sharing of the same spirit of Jesus, which is the sharing of the same mind and heart.  So, to worship in spirit and in truth presupposes that firstly, our minds must be converted.  It requires an open mind.  It is said that education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.  Precisely, Jesus comes as prophet to fill our mind, but we need an open mind to listen to Him.  The Samaritan woman was open to what Jesus had to say and could recognize that He was a prophet.  If we truly want to have the mind of Jesus, we too must listen attentively to His word that is read and proclaimed.  Reception of the Word is therefore one aspect of being given the living water of the Spirit from Jesus.

Of course, listening is not sufficient.  We can listen and yet not be converted.  We need to open our hearts as well.  We must be careful not to reduce our relationship with God to an intellectual enterprise.  Rather, the words of Jesus must help us to open our hearts to Him so that He can reveal to us who we truly are.  This was the case of the Samaritan woman.  Because she was open to Jesus, she was able to have a real relationship with Him.  She came to know herself more truly and thus was liberated from her bondage to her broken life.  We too must learn to relate with Jesus in prayer in a personal manner.  Our relationship with God is not with someone impersonal but someone who is real to us.  In speaking to Him about ourselves, we too will be released from all those bondages that imprison us from becoming the person God meant us to be.

In this way, we will come to experience Jesus not only as a prophet or a teacher but our Messiah and saviour. This was what happened to the Samaritan woman.  At the end of the conversation, the faith of the woman progressed from recognizing Jesus as a prophet to that of the Messiah.  Unless, we see Jesus as the Anointed One, the Messiah of God who died for us even in our sinful state, we cannot really come to affirm that God is love in Jesus.  But if we do, then we will experience that unmerited love in our hearts which cannot but touch the very core of our beings.  This is what Paul meant when he speaks about the love of God being poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.  True experience of God is the experience of the unlimited and unconditional love of God for us even in our unworthiness.  This is what ultimately transformed Paul and it will be for us as well.

But all this can happen only when we, as Paul tells us, by faith enter into this state of grace, that is a relationship with the Lord.  Thus, today, we must be like the Samaritans who begged Jesus to stay with them.  And He obliged their request by staying an extra two days with them.  And because they were open in their minds and in their hearts, they were nurtured with the living water as Jesus shared His mind and heart with them.  At the end of it all, the conclusion of the Samaritans was this:  “Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.”  Yes, unless we can say that we have faith in Jesus, not because of what others have told us about Him but because we have seen and experienced His truth and love, and therefore His Spirit in us, we cannot claim to have a true faith in Jesus.  Only this kind of faith will truly justify us, make us wholesome and restore us to fullness of life.

Let us therefore, on this third week of Lent, deepen our prayer life and our relationship with God.  Let us make use of the Lenten works, be it fasting, prayer or penance, to come to a deeper realization of our sinfulness so that the love of God can become clearer and more real to us.  The day we experience both our sinfulness and unworthiness; and also the love of God for us in Jesus, we will find that the promise of Jesus is true – the promise that a spring of love will well up in us to eternal life, a life of God.

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Written by The Most Rev William Goh
 
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A Few Mentions of The Holy Spirit in Scripture
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Bible Verses and Scriptures About the Holy Spirit – Read what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Find biblical answers to common questions about the Holy Ghost, such as “what is the Holy Ghost?” “what does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?”, and many more.Use our Bible verses by topic page to quickly find scriptures about popular topics.Judges 3:10-14

10 The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died. 12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms. 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.

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Matthew 12:31-33
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
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Luke 24:45-49
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
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John 3:6-8
6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
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Romans 8:2-6
2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
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2 Corinthians 5:16-18
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
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1 Chronicles 12:18-20
18 Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands. 19 Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, “It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.”) 20 When David went to Ziklag, these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.
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Psalm 52:1-3
1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. 3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
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Micah 3:8-10
8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. 9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; 10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.
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Acts 2:1-5
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
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Luke 24:45-47
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
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1 John 2:19-27
19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
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One Response to “Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, March 19, 2017 — “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” — “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” — “The One Thing””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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