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May 1

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Reading 1 - Deu 18:1,2

"The priests, who are Levites -- indeed the whole tribe of Levi -- are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the offerings made to the LORD by fire, for that is their inheritance" (Deu 18:1).

And so Christ, the true priest, in offering himself... as the true sacrifice, asserted: "The Lord is my portion, or inheritance" (Psa 16:5,6,10,11). He had no other.

"They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them" (v 2).

This was truly fulfilled, also, in the life of the Son of God... who said: "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Mat 8:20; Luk 9:58).

Reading 2 - Ecc 10:2

"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left" (Ecc 10:2).

"For the heart to be at the right hand means that all our affections and emotions shall be well placed, helping and supporting us in the work of life. For the heart to be at the left hand means that feelings are wrongly placed, entangling and hindering, preventing good work and possibly even dragging down to destruction. Emotions which are quite good in themselves may be a hindrance if they are not properly guided. They may run counter to our life's work, they may throw us out of balance just when a sober poise is most urgently needed, they may warp our judgment or vitiate our reasoning. They may even lead us to forsake the path of duty altogether. In all such faults whether the evil influence is great or small, the heart is at the left hand" (Islip Collyer, "Principles and Proverbs" 220).

Reading 3 - Acts 9

"The conversion of Saul was like that of a second Abraham: he journeyed from south to north on the same route Abraham had travelled in the opposite direction, the 'glory of God' appearing to him (cp Acts 7:2). He left his family, his nation, his land. He travelled into new lands -- ever a stranger and a pilgrim (Acts 7:3-5)" (Conybeare and Howson, "The Life and Epistles of St Paul" 68).

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