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Devotional for Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Morning Luke 19:1-6

Noon Psalms 3

Evening Luke 22:55-62

Jesus looked at Zacchaeus sympathetically: "Today I want to stay at your house." He looked approvingly at the widow. To the repentant adulteress with compassion. If Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem, it was with pain. With deep love, before He died, Jesus looked at his mother, Mary and the disciple that he loved. There are glances of our Jesus that constrain us, like the sad and penetrating look he gave Peter when Peter denied him, which brought tears of repentance from him. Have you ever felt Jesus' gaze? I ask Jesus to look at me like that, with that look that he gave Peter and to make me see my sins so that I can cry and repent and above all, to love him in the same way that Peter loved him. I ask Jesus from my heart for his compassionate gaze, his gaze that penetrates deeply, healing my wounds with the medicine of his love, that gaze that dresses me with tenderness, knowing that when he places his gaze on me, I am sure, I am safe. His gaze fills me with faith and security in His holy promises, he clung to those loving eyes that assure me: "I will come again."

Written by Merari Martínez,

Translated by Maria Elena Cardona


Morning Luke 19:1-6

1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

Noon Psalms 3

1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Evening Luke 22:55-62

55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilæan.

60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.


Prayer Guide: [Cuba-Mabay] y [E.U. Diócesis Norte-Silver Spring]

Annual Bible reading: Exodus 8, 9, 10

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