Prayer: O God, let Your Word move me to better serve You, in Christ. Amen.
21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead…
Peter speaks of this gift of grace which is more valuable than silver or gold. It helps us “trust in God’s goodness and believe in God’s promises.” As our devotion writer puts it; “With glimpses of resurrection and new life around us, we journey on with a living hope through life’s joys and challenges. Trusting in the promise of our own resurrection because of Christ, we walk by faith through times of souring and suffering.”
Catherine of Siena, is recognized today in the church calendar. Catherine was a theologian of the church and lived the grace and peace as 1 Peter describes. She joined an order which did not require her to live in a convent, so she lived in the community. She prayed and worked to help the poor or imprisoned, and had a large following of people whom she influenced because of her faith.
Our devotion writer requests; “May the faith that gave Catherine hope be alive and active in you today as you share a gift of grace and love with someone who needs it. And may it be a glimpse of resurrection and new life for you as well.”
Prayer: “Risen Lord, thank you for your grace that helps us to trust and gives us hope. Amen.”
1 Peter 1:17-23
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.