Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 4
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick”
Just like how yesterday’s OT reading was a déjà vu of Ash Wednesday’s reading, today’s Gospel reading seems to be a déjà vu of yesterday’s reading, albeit from a different Gospel. However, there is a method to this madness. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s readings are really preparing you to enjoy Sunday—the first Lord’s Day in Lent. First, notice today’s OT reading’s last stanza (Is 58:13-14). It’s all about honoring the Lord’s Day. But in what way? Is it just about attending church in the morning while the rest of the day is fair game (insert Sunday sports pun here)? Luke’s Gospel tells us how. Right Lord’s Day worship is not about how we worship or even about how long we worship. What’s the point if our hearts are far from God? Right worship is being like Levi—so glad that we are forgiven from all our sins that we can’t help but put our lives on hold so that we can spend more time with Jesus. True worship is knowing that we are sick spiritually, and that the more time we spend with our Physician, the better. Now, tomorrow is Sunday, the Lord’s Day. Are you glad you get to spend the day with the Lord?
Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.