August 9, 2022     3:41 pm
105. Week of Second Sunday in Lent - Saturday
          Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd and against the Man that is my Fellow, says the Lord of hosts. Smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.   Zechariah 13:7
          When they had sung a hymn, Jesus and His disciples went out to the Mount of Olives. It was about midnight. And the Lord said. "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail; and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren." Peter answered: "Lord, I am ready to go with You, both into prison and to death." And Jesus said to all: "You shall all be offended because of Me this night; for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I have risen again, I will go before you into Galilee." Peter answered: "Though all men shall be offended because of You, yet I will never be offended." Jesus said to him: "Truly I say to you, That this night, before the cock crows, you shall three times deny that you know Me." And Peter still said: "Though I should die with You, yet I will not deny You." All the disciples said likewise. On approaching their destination, the Lord said: "When I sent you without purse, or money, or shoes, did you lack anything?" And they said: "Nothing." Then Jesus said to them: "But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his money; and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. For I say to you that this that is written must yet be accomplished in Me, And He was reckoned among the transgressors; for the things concerning Me have an end." They were to prepare spiritually for great trouble. But they put an altogether carnal interpretation upon this and said: "Lord, behold, here are two swords." Jesus did not wish to instruct them on this point any further and so He said: "It is enough." - The disciples now faced the greatest temptation. And, poor men, they boasted of their strength, Peter especially. Thus they had to fall, Peter especially. And temptation will approach you too, O Christian. In no way depend upon yourself! Rely solely upon Jesus and on His Word, in which He promises to keep you, and through which He gives you of His power.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I rely wholly upon You, O faithful Shepherd! Of myself I can do nothing. By Your grace I will fight. But unless You provide strength and victory I am lost. Assist me in all temptation! And if I fall by reason of my conceited flesh, let not my faith cease. Comfort me again, raise me, receive me into Your strong saving arms. I rely on You, my Saviour! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:41 pm