Her body is buried in Anzu;
Corona, a Saint who has fans who
really prays for her aid;
in pandemics afraid.
Fear not! But it is a bad Kung Flu!
This is really true! The Roman Catholic Church seemingly has a patron saint for everything. They even have a patron Saint for pandemics! And her name is Saint Corona! And her body is buried in the little town of Anzu, in Northern Italy, the new epicenter for the Corona virus!
Saint Corona is thought to have lived in 2nd century Syria under Roman occupation. She was only 15-years-old when she professed her Christian Faith during the persecution of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.
According to legend, Saint Corona was arrested and tied by her feet to the tops of two palm trees which were bent to the ground. When the palms were let loose she was torn apart.
It is reported that Saint Corona is especially venerated in Austria and Bavaria as the patron saint against epidemics. Her mortal remains are now housed in the city of Anzu in northern Italy, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in Europe. Her feast day is May 14.
Tomorrow we start the gospel of Luke, but for today we read two wonderful psalms of David full of prophecy, and for balance one chapter of Deuteronomy.
March 21: Psalm 21, Psalm 22, Deuteronomy 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 21, of David. The New Testament references from Revelation 14 seems to fit. When I read the Psalm the battle hymn of the republic kept ringing in my ears.
Psalm 22, of David. It is also called “The Crucifixion Psalm”. Read it and ponder.
Deuteronomy 22 contains more instructions, protect your brother’s property, the LORD detests unisex clothing, protect nesting birds, do not yoke an ox and a donkey together, and various laws on sexual morality.
we are still in between the gospel of Mark and the gospel of Luke, and we read two short but beautiful Pdalms and three chapters of Deuteronomy.
March 20: Psalm 19, Psalm 20, Deuteronomy19, Deuteronomy 20, Deuteronomy 21 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 19, of David. “This Psalm reflects, more than any other, the beauty and splendor of the Hebrew poetry found in the Psalter. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.’” (VanGemeren)
Psalm 20, of David. The people’s prayer for the King is heard by the LORD. The most quoted part is: “ Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” The Lord saves, we pray for the King.
Deuteronomy 19. God commands to set aside three Cities of Refuge, maybe three more as the land expands. Do not change property boundaries. There must be two or three witnesses for a conviction in court. From this chapter comes the saying “an eye for an eye”.
Deuteronomy 20. Rules for warfare: The Lord fights the battle for you. If you are too chicken or are building a house or are pledged to marry, you may be excused. For the rest of you, show no mercy unless they surrender, but above all, save the fruit trees.
Deuteronomy 21 deals with what to do with unsolved murders. Can you marry a female taken captive? What are the rights of the firstborn? What to do with a rebellious Son? A man punished to death and hung on a tree, he must be buried the same day. From this we get “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”.
Between the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke we enjoy one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters of Deuteronomy.
March 19: Proverbs 4, Deuteronomy 17, Deuteronomy 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Proverbs 4: Wisdom is supreme and there is security in wisdom.
Deuteronomy 17. Anyone worshiping other Gods must have justice administered, including stoning. The Israelites will elect a King after they have entered the promised land. He must be an Israelite, not gathering riches or take many wives. He must read the scroll of the Law all the days of his life. As long as he does all these things he will reign a long time.
Deuteronomy 18, the LORD is the Inheritance for Priests and Levites. No Wicked Customs such as child sacrifice, “ or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer ” In other words: “Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” Then the LORD gave a promise He will raise up a Prophet like Moses.
Having finished the gospel of Mark we pause and read one Psalm and one chapter of Deuteronomy before starting the gospel of Luke.
March 18: Psalm 18, Deuteronomy 16 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 18 is the fourth longest psalm. David wrote it ” To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all of his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:” (Read it, ponder and enjoy it.)
Deuteronomy 16 declares how to celebrate the Passover, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. Bring an offering, no one can go empty handed. Appoint Judges so justice can be properly administered. Do not worship any Asherah poles ever and do not put up any sacred stones.
In between the gospel of Mark and the gospel of Luke we read two Psalms and two chapters of Deuteronomy.
March 17: Psalm 16, Psalm 17, Deuteronomy 14, Deuteronomy 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Psalm 16, of David. A wonderful psalm of confidence in the LORD even in times of trouble. This is a prophetic psalm pointing to Jesus resurrection, it is quoted in the New Testament.
Psalm 17 demonstrates David’s total trust in God and not in self in spite of David’s best efforts. It can be summarized: “Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings” with regard to the threats from David’s enemies.
Deuteronomy 14, do not do as the heathen do with improper mourning, eat only clean meat and do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. Observe tithing, and every three years give an extra tithing for the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows.
Deuteronomy 15. Debts are to be canceled after seven years, show generosity to the poor, lend freely but do not borrow, free your slaves after seven years and give them opportunity to continue on their own. Set apart every firstborn animal.
Today we read of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Mark. The three chapters in Deuteronomy deals with how to behave and obey the LORD once they have entered the promised land.
March 16: Mark 16, Deuteronomy 11, Deuteronomy 12, Deuteronomy 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 16, on the first day of the week Jesus did rise from the dead and Mary Magdalene saw the Risen Lord. To complete the Gospel Jesus proclaimed the Great Commission, was taken up to heaven and is now sitting down at the Right Hand of God.
Deuteronomy 11. Love and Obey the LORD, remember all He has done, meditate day and night on it and always teach your children. God did set before them a blessing and a curse, it dealt with obedience.
Deuteronomy 12, God proclaimed the One Place of Worship. All other places of worship, where false Gods have been worshiped must be destroyed. You may eat from all clean animals, but do not drink their blood.
Deuteronomy 13, Apostates must be severely punished.
Today’s reading out of the Gospel of Mark records the second most important event on the Christian calendar, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (the most important occurred three days later, the resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.) The two chapters of Deuteronomy are review of Israels failures, but in spite of that God keeps His promises.
March 15: Mark 15, Deuteronomy 9, Deuteronomy 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 15. Early in the morning Jesus was brought before Pilate since only the Romans could execute capital punishment. Pilate, trying to get out of the situation offered to release Barabbas, a known murderer and insurrectionist, or Jesus and the crowd chose Barabbas. Pilate gave in to the crowd, the Soldiers mocked Jesus, and so the Crucifixion of Jesus the King began. Read it carefully. Jesus Died, spiked on the cross, and at the same time the Temple veil was rent in two, from top to bottom, opening up for us full access to God himself. Finally Jesus’ burial is recorded.
Deuteronomy 9, Israel’s rebellion is reviewed, but in spite of being a stiffnecked people doing abominations to the LORD like the Golden Calf, God in His mercy kept His promises.
Deuteronomy 10, take Two Tablets, Fear the LORD and circumcise your hearts, that is the Essence of the Law. Remember, you too were aliens in Egypt.
The chapter for today out of the gospel of Mark deals with eating, praying, betrayal and denial – and don’t forget the rooster! The two chapters in Deuteronomy deal with promises and warnings.
March 14: Mark 14, Deuteronomy 7, Deuteronomy 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 14 starts out in Bethany, where Jesus was anointed. The next day Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and predicted Peter’s denial. After Judas Iscariot left the eleven remaining disciples and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives where there is a garden called Gethsemane. While there Jesus Prayed intensely. Judas Iscariot reappeared and betrayed Jesus with a kiss. The accompanying soldiers arrested Jesus, and he was brought before the Sanhedrin. Peter was waiting outside and denied Jesus three times, after which the cock crowed twice.
Deuteronomy 7 promised that the Israelites are A Chosen People. God will drive out the people before them. When entering the land they must destroy completely all idols and false gods.
Deuteronomy 8. Remember the LORD your God but if not, you too will be destroyed.
In today’s chapter of the gospel of Mark Jesus gives his final teachings before Passover and his crucifixion. The chapter in Deuteronomy lays out Moses’ instructions to the people.
March 13: Mark 13, Deuteronomy 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 13. Jesus told his disciples of the Signs of the End of the Age, the Great Tribulation, the Coming of the Son of Man, the lesson of the Fig Tree and the Day and Hour of his return, which shall remain unknown.
In Deuteronomy 6 Moses laid out The Greatest Commandment, he recommended the Israelites to wear phylacteries to keep them always in remembrance of the LORD and cautioned against disobedience. It is surprising how many of New Testament references there are to the Old testament Law; some are listed here.