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.

July 29, 2022

— Ordinary Time • Week 8 • Day 6

Invitation Zechariah 9:16-17a

"The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be!"

Quiet

Bible Song Psalm 17:1-7

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.

Hear my prayer —
it does not rise from deceitful lips.

Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test me,

you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.

Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.

My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Bible Reading Revelation 19:1, 5-9

After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:

"Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God..."

Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

"Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!"

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people.)

Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God."

Quiet

Dwelling

Read again, perhaps out loud ... how has God's Word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind ... pray to God what it is that has moved you today ... turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.

Free Prayer

  • for the Christlike ability to deny ourselves and serve others
  • for the commitment to do justice and show mercy
  • for those who are elderly and infirm, and those who care for them

Prayer WSC 38

Lord of the feast, I am awed by the vision of the wedding feast of the Lamb, the banquet of finest wine and richest foods, surrounded by friends and music and dancing — a picture of the perfect enjoyment I will have of you for all eternity. May I open my home and share a meal today with others as a preview of that great feast. In the Lamb's name, amen.

Blessing 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it."