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He Reigns!

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1 June – Ascension Sunday

Year A, Colour: White

The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day from Easter day. However, some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observance to the following Sunday. The feast is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated), ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost.

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Devotional Diary

26 May – 1 June
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See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Readings for Ascension Sunday, June 1, with thanks to www.gbod.org.   These readings are all linked by Ascension themes.
Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: He holds the whole world in His hands.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Taking on responsibility for someone else’s life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for that person you have the burden for and place them in God’s hands).

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…I walk in trust with you.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: His love endures forever!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: change in the world…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Today: pray for an area of life that needs change…

Personal Prayers:

              Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: In Him all things are possible.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: future security.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus. Today pray for the future of our world.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Jesus lover of my soul!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your family…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: O Sacred King, O Loving Friend.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Coping financially…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for the poor today).

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Love crucified, arose…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: a physical ailment…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Today pray for someone who is ill or struggling.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Past failures and sin…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Pray for those who feel they are not “good enough” to be loved (that they may know that God’s love is there for them.)

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

  

Weekly Rhythm 

Comments and Questions for Ascension Sunday 1 June 2014
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“The Ascension of Jesus is professed in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles’ Creed. The Ascension implies Jesus’ humanity being taken into Heaven.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Item 668) states:  “Christ’s Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and authority.”

Referring to Mark 16:19 (“So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”) Pope John Paul II stated that Scripture positions the significance of the Ascension in two statements: “Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place.

John Paul II also separately emphasized that Jesus had foretold of his Ascension several times in the Gospels, e.g. John 16:10 at the Last Supper: “I go to the Father, and you will see me no more” and John 20:17 after his resurrection he tells Mary Magdalene: “I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God”.

In Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox theology, the Ascension is interpreted as the culmination of the Mystery of the Incarnation, in that it not only marked the completion of Jesus’ physical presence among his apostles, but consummated the union of God and man when Jesus ascended in his glorified human body to sit at the right hand of God the Father.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (part of the Reformed tradition in Calvinism and influential in the Presbyterian church), in Article four of Chapter eight, states: “On the third day He arose from the dead, with the same body in which He suffered, with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sits at the right hand of His Father, making intercession, and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.”

The Second Helvetic Confession addresses the purpose and character of Christ’s ascension in Chapter 11: Christ Is Truly Ascended Into Heaven. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, in his same flesh, ascended above all visible heavens into the highest heaven, that is, the dwelling-place of God and the blessed ones, at the right hand of God the Father. Although it signifies an equal participation in glory and majesty, it is also taken to be a certain place about which the Lord, speaking in the Gospel, says: ‘I go to prepare a place for you’ (John 14:2). The apostle Peter also says: ‘Heaven must receive Christ until the time of restoring all things’ (Acts 3:21).”  [Source]

“Put another way, the physical facts of the Ascension are far less significant than what the Ascension opens up. And what theAascension opens up is the work disciples of Jesus are called to do between that time and the time of Christ’s return, a time known only to the Father (1:7). During this interim period of indefinite duration where there is much work for us to do, work fulfilling the purposes of the Father, guaranteed by the authority of the Ascended Son and empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit poured out among us.

Acts tells this story most completely. Ephesians comments upon the “immeasurable greatness of [Christ’s] power” the Ascension signifies. Luke lays out the nature of the work they and we as his continuing church are called to be about during this interim until his return—work that begins here, as it does in Acts, with a call to wait for the Spirit’s power to come upon us. “   Source:http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/lectionary-planning-helps/ascension-sunday-seventh-sunday-of-easter

( Readings with comment, thanks to www.gbod.org unless otherwise stated.)

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 

Let us pray
[that the risen Christ
will lead us to eternal life]
God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal

 

O King of Glory,
Lord of Hosts,
Who didst this day ascend in triumph
above all the heavens!
Leave us not orphans,
but send upon us the Spirit of Truth,
promised by the Father. Alleluia!
The Liturgical Year: Book 9

 

O Almighty God,
whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things:
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that,
according to his promise,
he abides with his Church on earth,
even to the end of the ages;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Book of Divine Worship

 

O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve thee, the living God;
through the same thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
Church of South India

 

Wherever you go…

MAPSYearly Rhythm

25 May 2014
The Sixth Sunday of Easter, 
Year A, Colour: White

Easter season is the longest of the special liturgical seasons of the Church Year and extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.  During this season we ask what this new life is all about and we explore how we can live out our faith.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  19 – 25 May 2014

A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship using the Lectionary Readings.

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See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comments and questions about the readings.
Also “Praying the Lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

 Readings for Sunday 25 May: with thanks to gbod.org

Acts 17:22-31. God isnot far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

Psalm 66:8-20.Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22.Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. Christians, wherever they are, are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them.

John 14:15-21 Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” The Sun, moon, all that shines with light…

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Lord, help us to examine the work of our hands.  Does this work bring joy to you?  Lord, empower us to express your love and your values in our work.   Today’s focus: creativity. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all doctors, nurses and health workers.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Fishes, whales and water wonders…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: healing. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for parents who are nursing infants.  May their hands reach out in love and tenderness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Buck, lions, elephants and marvellous mammals…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: comfort. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who care for the elderly; those who reach out a hand to help them walk with steadiness.  May they see the elderly through the eyes of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Praying mantis, bees and interesting insects…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: bringing order. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.   Today we pray for teachers as their hands reach out to impart knowledge and share in the exploration of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Friday:

Adoration Focus:“I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Roses, daisy and fantastic flowers…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: construction. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who are in love with each other.  We pray that their hands may express a deep respect and care.  Thank the Lord for his rich and varied love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Mountains, canyons and stretching landscapes…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: shaping and molding. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for the hands that prepare meals to minister to the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Sisters, brothers and faithful family…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: worship.  (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we thank God for his comforting and empowering hand that reaches into our lives.  Pray for those who have not acknowledged the hand of God that is upon them.  Pray that they may open their hearts to the hand of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Sunday 25 May 2014

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Readings and comment thanks to www.gbod.org unless otherwise stated.

As you read these scriptures this week ask, “What do these texts tell me about what I need to be paying attention to ‘Wherever I go.’  What does God promise me?  What must my response be?

Acts 17:22-31.
Paul visits Athens and takes the time to learn and understand its cultural assumptions and icons. When he speaks publicly in the Areopagus, center of philosophy and courts, he rhetorically repurposes these cultural assumptions and icons, showing how they point to God’s kingdom already at work and Jesus Christ as King and risen Lord.

Psalm 66:8-20.
Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22 
Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. So wherever we are, we are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is us. For some clues about the contexts where we may all find ourselves, see www.membermission.org.

John 14:15-21.
Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go, always, everywhere.

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

One of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit, “Come Holy Spirit” is a good daily prayer to recite privately or with your family. If prayed with others, the leader should recite the verse (“Send forth . . . “), and the others should reply with the response (“And You shall renew . . . “)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Source

 

Dear God, give us the courage and strength today to carry out your will. May we

keep an open heart and mind, and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. When life

presents us with challenges that consume us, let us know that you are always

present with us. May we feel the comfort of your unconditional love. Keep us

strong and confident in all that we say and do. Amen

 Source

 

 

 

Christ the Cornerstone

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Sunday, 18 May 2014
The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Colour: White

The Easter season is the longest of the special liturgical seasons of the Church Year and extends from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. During this season we ask what this new life is all about and we explore how we can live out our faith.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 12 – 18 May 2014

A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship, using the Lectionary Readings.
DOWNLOAD the PDF HERE
See “Weekly Rhythm” for comment and questions about the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Readings in preparation for Sunday, 18 May, with thanks to www.gbod.org:
Acts 7:55-60 – Stephen sees Jesus, but the crowds see stones. Saul watches on, holding the cloaks of those who stone Stephen.
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10 – A play on Peter’s name — the baptized are living stones with Christ our cornerstone, being made into a holy and royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people (though we had been no people at all).
John 14:1-14 – Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If we see him, we have seen the Father. If we follow in his way, we do his works and so participate in the works of the Father.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…
Confession: Ephesians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” This week let the Spirit of God examine your heart against the fruit of the Spirit. Then, where there is a lack, allow the Spirit to fill you with His life and grow His fruit. Today’s focus: love.
The Word: Use the readings listed above.
Seeking the Kingdom
Shared Focus: Remember: Pray positively. As you pray, picture the outcome of you prayers. Visualise God’s response. What “picture prayers” is He calling you to this week? Focus: Your family…
Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: joy.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: Your friends…
Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: peace.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: Your life…
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: patience.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: Your home/work environment…
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Saviour!
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: kindness.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: Someone outside your normal circle of life…
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: goodness.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: Your church…
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: faithfulness.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus. Today’s focus: A church not your own…
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Serve the Lord alone!

Weekly Rhythm

Comments and Questions
Sunday 18 May 2014

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Readings and comment thanks to gbod.org unless otherwise stated.
Acts 7:55-60

Stephen sees and proclaims Jesus at God’s right hand. The crowd sees stones. Stephen’s boldness and forgiveness are remembered. All but one name from the crowd is forgotten.
We hear Stephen confess this in Acts 7. “Behold! I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (v. 56). I Peter, speaking of Jesus, quotes Isaiah 28:16 “Behold, I place a stone in Zion, a chosen, precious cornerstone, and whoever believes upon it shall not be ashamed” (v. 6). And we have Jesus himself saying of himself in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one approaches the Father except through me.”

Jesus is our foundation.
He is our authority, because he stands at the right hand of the Father (Acts).

As the integrity of a building’s structure depends on its cornerstone, the structure of the community called church, depends on him.
Jesus uniquely is the way to God, the truth of God, and the life of God. And he offers all three freely and abundantly, that God may be accessed through him fully.

Jesus is the sure foundation.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1 Peter 2:2-10
“Christ is the cornerstone, and we are living stones, a royal priesthood, God’s own people, called to proclaim God’s mighty acts in Christ, including our own deliverance from darkness to light.
…the stone which the builders reject and stumble over, is a central notion… It is also a key Christian notion as this verse from Psalm 118 is the most oft-quoted verse of the Hebrew Scriptures in the New Testament. This passage in 1 Peter 2 brings together several passages from the Old Testament having to do with the stumbling stone:
He will be a sanctuary, a stumbling-stone, a rock to trip up the two Houses of Israel; a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isa. 8:14, NJB)
So the Lord Yahweh says this, “Now I shall lay a stone in Zion, a granite stone, a precious corner-stone, a firm foundation-stone: no one who relies on this will stumble.” (Isa. 28:16, NJB)
The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. (Psa. 118:22, NJB)”
[Source]

John 14:1-14
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If we see him, we have seen God. If we follow in his way, we participate in the works of God.
“The verb meno is a key word in the Johannine tradition, appearing 69 times out of 120 total in the NT. The noun form mone occurs only twice in the NT: John 14:2, 23. In the remainder of the NT, the verb bears its usual, straight-forward meaning of “stay,” “remain,” “abide,” “dwell.” In John’s gospel, I think that even the seemingly straight-forward uses should be seen with its specialized use in the background. The first words spoken to Jesus, for example, are from two disciples who ask, “where are you staying?” (Jn 1:38) Jesus’ response, “Come and see” (Jn 1:38), is loaded in light of all that Jesus says about “abiding” later in the gospel, especially in the Farewell Discourse. Jesus mission might be described as one of revealing the source of his glory, which is to abide in the Father and the Father in him, and to invite his followers to abide in him and he in them. This use of meno peaks perhaps in the Vine and Branches Discourse, in 15:4-10 where it is used 10 times in the span of 7 verses”.
[Source]

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

The Jesus Prayerhow to do it
The Jesus prayer is simple. The concept is to pick a meaningful phrase and repeat it until it becomes part of your being. Some match it to the rhythm of their breathing, some match it to the sound of a machine they are around at work, or the rhythm of their footsteps. Try a phrase and see how it fits with you.
Here are some suggestions:
• Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me! (from the book The way of a pilgrim)
• Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
• Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!
• Lord Jesus, I trust in You!
• Lord Jesus, I give myself to you.
• Lord Jesus, transform me.
• Have mercy on us, Son of David! (Matt 9:27)
• Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! (Mark 10:48)
• My lord and my God!
• Jesus, my light and my love.
• Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in thee!
• My Jesus, Mercy!
Any prayerful phrase will do. Pick one from the scripture. I believe that having the name Jesus in your prayer is important, for there is power in the name of Jesus. The word mercy does not just mean the pardon of one’s sins, but is a term for God’s graciousness and loving kindness. Note that “have mercy on me, a sinner” is partially taken from the gospel of Luke 18:9-14.