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Saturday, February 21, 2015

We are called to fight the modern-day injustices in our world - Daily Bible Readings February 21,2015

1ST READING
 
 
We are called to fight the modern-day injustices in our world. This is not going to be an easy task, as the principles by which society operates today are getting more and more distant from those of the Gospel. This is an unfortunate fact but we should not lose hope. Let us double our efforts at being good witnesses of Gospel values.
 
Isaiah 58:9-14
Thus says the Lord: If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; 10 if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; 11 then the Lord will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails. 12 The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined homesteads.” 13 If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight, and the Lord’s holy day honorable; if you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice. 14Then you shall delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
 
P S A L M
Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R: Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.
Incline your ear, O Lord; answer me, for I am afflicted and poor. Keep my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God. (R) Have mercy on me, O Lord, for to you I call all the day. 4Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (R) For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you. Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Levi recognizes an imperative in Jesus’ call and follows Him immediately. Tax collectors are scum, as most were corrupt and considered traitors because they cooperated with the Roman authorities that enslaved the Jews. This is what sin will do to us if we allow it to enslave us with its lies. Let us refuse the temptations of sin and give it no power in our lives.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion, that he may live.
 
Luke 5:27-32
27 Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. 29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. 32 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
 
think: We are called to fight the modern-day injustices in our world.
 
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