Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Morning Proverb & Prayer

“...a faithful envoy brings healing” (Proverbs 13:17 – see also 4:22; 12:18; 15:4; 16:24).

“Jesus answered them, ‘To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, “YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.” But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it’” (Matthew 13:11-17).

“A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy [מרפא, “healing”] (29:1 – see also 2 Chronicles 36:15,16).

Father, speak today through Your messengers to Your people in the name of the Son, by the power of the Spirit. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand, so that we will turn to You and be healed. Heal eternally today through the proclamation of Your Word in the gathering of the Church.

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