Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel - Daily Bible Readings July 12, 2017

Joseph’s brothers realized they were wrong to sell Joseph off as a slave many years ago. Joseph saw their inner repentance and wept. He had them arrested and while in jail, Joseph’s brothers repented of the evil they have done. Like Joseph, let us pray that we will be generous to forgive those who sin against us.
Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24
55 When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt and the people cried to Pharaoh for bread, Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians to go to Joseph and do whatever he told them. 56 When the famine had spread throughout the land, Joseph opened all the cities that had grain and rationed it to the Egyptians, since the famine had gripped the land of Egypt. 57 In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world. 42:5 The sons of Israel were among those who came to procure rations. 6 It was Joseph, as governor of the country, who dispensed the rations to all the people. When Joseph’s brothers came and knelt down before him with their faces to the ground, 7 he recognized them as soon as he saw them. But Joseph concealed his own identity from them and spoke sternly to them. 17 With that, he locked them up in the guardhouse for three days. 18 On the third day Joseph said to his brothers: “Do this, and you shall live; for I am a God-fearing man. 19 If you have been honest, only one of your brothers need be confined in this prison, while the rest of you may go and take home provisions for your starving families. 20 But you must come back to me with your youngest brother. Your words will thus be verified, and you will not die.” To this they agreed. 21 To one another, however, they said: “Alas, we are being punished because of our brother. We saw the anguish of his heart when he pleaded with us, yet we paid no heed; that is why this anguish has now come upon us.” 22 Reuben broke in, “Didn’t I tell you not to do wrong to the boy? But you would not listen! Now comes the reckoning for his blood.” 23 The brothers did not know, of course, that Joseph understood what they said, since he spoke with them through an interpreter. 24 But turning away from them, he wept.
Psalm 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19
R: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
2 Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. 3 Sing to him a new song; pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. (R) 10 The Lord brings to nought the plans of nations; he foils the designs of peoples. 11 But the plan of the Lord stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations. (R) 18 But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, 19 to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. (R)
Jesus knew He needed to turn over the ministry of the Kingdom to His Twelve Apostles. So He gave them authority to heal and cast out evil spirits. Jesus began a tradition where He authorizes us to proclaim the Gospel in His name.
The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel.
Matthew 10:1-7
1 Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. 2 The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; 4 Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. 5 Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ”

think: Imagine that you are one of the Apostles being commissioned by Jesus. How would you feel?
Read the Bible in one year 2 Chronicles 28-30
thank You, Lord, for: ______________________________________________________

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What are your gifts? What can you contribute to the work of the Gospel? - Daily Bible Readings June 21, 2017


The work of evangelization is a team exercise as it is impossible to achieve lasting results on your own. Jesus gathered 12 close disciples to train them in the work of evangelization; Paul always worked together with other people; and most, if not all, of the saints had many others who helped them in their ministries. The best thing about working together as a team is that someone else can back us up when we cannot do something or we are not so good at it.
       Working together as a team means knowing one’s gifts and recognizing that we need the help of others to accomplish something worthwhile. While we may be able to manage many things on our own, there will always be something we are not so competent at. This is why understanding the nature of the Church as the Body of Christ is so important. Feet without hands might be able to move the body from point A to point B, but without the hands to carry things, nothing can be brought with the feet in their travels. Conversely, our hands are not able to move between two points without our feet. We need to learn to work together in the mission of the Church if we are to successfully accomplish the command of Jesus to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
       Let us do our best to discern the gifts of the Spirit that we have been given and then humbly offer them for the work of the Church and the communities to which we belong. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

----------- REFLECTION QUESTIONS ----------
What are your gifts? What can you contribute to the work of the Gospel? How well are
fulfilling the promise you have made through the gifts that God has given you? Are you
exercising them at all?

Holy Spirit, show me the gifts that You have given me so that I may exercise them for the sake of the Gospel and the work of evangelization. Amen.

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