Sunday, March 23, 2014

Third Sunday of Lent: REST

Recite the Primo Credo Today in the Morning and in the Evening:

Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. ~Mark 12:29-31
Today is the Third Sunday of Lent, and it is not a day included in the “40 Count”. Every Sunday, we will pause to REST and REFLECT on what we have learned over the past week (in this case, four days). Today, we will continue to reflect upon the Primo Credo, (a variation of the Hebrew Shema Yisrael that Jesus himself told us was the bedrock of our entire belief system.) We have been meditating on it now for ten days and will continue to do so until Resurrection (Easter) Sunday. We have been reciting it every morning and every evening, as faithful Followers of YHWH have been doing for thousands of years. We will take a “break” every Sunday through the Lenten period in order to REST. We will recite the SHEMA today and we will also spend time memorizing the passage below, which is a passage that we will be using in our continued discussion of the Shema.

Today’s Scripture Passage: Psalm 16:8-9 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 8 I keep the LORD in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.

Today, as we reflect on the above scripture, we think about we have learned over the past week with regard to keeping, abiding, walking/talking, and loving.' Today, may you gain a deep understanding of how keeping The LORD in mind always, loving Him deeply and abiding in Him will lead you to a place of love for others that you could not achieve on your own. May you meditate on His abiding in you and how it is only through His persistent love toward you that you are able to abide in Him at all and therefore love others. May you rest in the knowledge that He is the one holding it all together.

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