Bible verse of the day

Lesson

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Prayers

 Inexhaustible Source of my life, make me sincere and earnest in my search after Truth.
 May I be simple and genuine in my spiritual life.
May I always look within and not without for help and guidance,
 And may my devotion to the Highest be unfaltering.

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy, to you be praise and glory for ever!
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your bountiful Spirit and open our lips to sing your praise,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Blessed be God for ever!
Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Readings for Sunday the 4th of December

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Lord, I called unto Thee in agony of soul, but Thou didst not hear me.
I sought Thee with heavy heart but Thou didst not come.
My child, I came, but thine eyes were blinded by grief.
Thou couldst not see me;
And thy heart was senseless with sorrow:
Hence thou couldst not feel my touch.


Psalm 63:1
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.


Exploring Prayer with Justin Welby
We could take that up as a Lenten project.


It is necessary to open the deeper side of our nature by patience, humility and obedience before we can take spiritual teaching. That is why the great sages were so insistent in their discipline. Those who cannot bear reprimand show that they are shallow and empty. Discipleship is a very sacred thing and it cannot be given to one who is not fully prepared for it.


Matt 7:21-23 True and False Disciples 
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.