Seeking God's Face is a daily, contemplative devotional — rooted in the ancient traditions of the Divine Office and "lectio divina" — guiding you to renewed communion with God through sacred Scripture and universal prayer.

April 3, 2022

— Lent • Fifth Sunday in Lent

Invitation Psalm 145:17-18

"The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 30:1-5

I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.

You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.

For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Bible Reading John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages." He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."

Quiet

Dwelling

Read again slowly ... find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart ... slowly repeat it ... pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation ... enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior.

Free Prayer

  • for resurrection hope and joy
  • for sharing the good news of the cross

The Lord's Prayer

Prayer HC 90

Beautiful Savior, what can I offer to you for the lavish gift of your loving sacrifice? I joyfully offer you my life, my worship, my treasure, my time, and a willing delight to do every kind of good. Amen.

Blessing 1 John 5:11-12

"God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life."