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Friday, June 13, 2014

Let us open our hearts to God wherever He may be and in whatever form He comes into our lives - Daily Bible Readings June 13, 2014


1ST READING
 
Sometimes we find God in the least expected places. This is all part of the mystery of how God works. We should never forget the many stories in the Scriptures that detail the unexpected appearances of God in the midst of His people, not the least His being born to a virgin and with a manger as His bed. Let us open our hearts to God wherever He may be and in whatever form He comes into our lives.
 
1 Kings 19:9, 11-16
9 At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the Lord came to him, “Why are you here, Elijah?” 11 Then the Lord said, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord — but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake — but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was fire — but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. 13 When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 14 He replied, “I have been most zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. But the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.” 15 “Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus,” the Lord said to him. “When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram. 16 Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel, and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, as prophet to succeed you.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 27:7-8, 8-9 13-14
R: I long to see your face, O Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me. 8 Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks. (R) Your presence, O Lord, I seek. 9 Hide not your face from me; do not in anger repel your servant. You are my helper: cast me not off. (R) 13 I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. (R)
 
 
 
GOSPEL
 
Sin is a horrible thing that we should avoid at all costs. Jesus never sins but He has experienced the effects of sin by living in our midst as a man. He knows the struggles we face with temptation. Let us be inspired by how He rejected all temptation as we seek to grow in discipleship. Let us realize that we should do everything in our power to avoid the horror of allowing sin to reign in our lives.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life.
 
Matthew 5:27-32
27 Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. 31 “It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce. 32 But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
 
think:  Let us open our hearts to God wherever He may be and in whatever form He comes into our lives.
 
 
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