New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

In Christian theology, of course, Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice was not a simple martyrdom, as costly and as precious as that might be. Jesus’ act of nonviolence defeated the forces of violence that hold sway in the world, even death itself. Furthermore, Jesus’ death on the Cross demonstrated something about the nature of God: that God is inclined to self-giving over vengeance, mercy over punishment, restraint over rage, and love over all. The Cross does not, it is important to say, make victimhood glorious but convicts the world of unjust and violent victimization. In dying, Jesus did not succumb to death but undermined the forces that wield it, demonstrating by his resurrection that life is more powerful after all.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How can Jesus’ death on the Cross be an example of self-sacrifice without glorifying victimhood?
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Today’s Scripture

When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
—Hebrews 10:12-14 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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  • Marian Straight Posted June 7, 2024 11:16 am

    In its own way evil is infectious. When someone initiates evil we want to return it, believing that we are defending ourselves. Jesus death and resurrection shows us that our life force survives evil, we do not need to return it. What we need to do is put more kindness and compassion into the world.

    • Ally Posted June 8, 2024 9:23 am

      Marian, amen.

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