Sacrifice and humility

For the Lesson titled "Sacrament" from July 8 - 14, 2013

Often prayer comes to us when we’re on bended knee: “Help me,” “Show me,” “Forgive me.” When we’re in a difficult situation, a few words spoken with simple honesty can change our world. The characters in this week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Sacrament,” show us how they made a covenant with God (the definition of sacrament) and let go of—or sacrificed—their human ego. They turned away from their agonizing situation and presented a transformed heart. 

Our guide to spiritual harmony comes as a set of promises from God, often called the Beatitudes. I love how each promise in this week’s Responsive Reading is a gift to us from God (see Matthew 5:1–12). They give us hope—and are a practical guide to living. One of my favorites is Matthew 5:5, “Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!” (Good News Translation). The Bible Lesson highlights stories in Matthew that exemplify the humility, hope, and promise of this beatitude.

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