Saturday, April 25, 2015

We proclaim Christ crucified; he is the power of God and the wisdom of God - Daily Bible Readings April 25,2015

Today’s reading reminds us to resist the devil and surrender to the Lord. if we keep these in mind, we will live as disciples of Jesus without difficulty. Resisting the devil is difficult as well as dying to ourselves and obeying God’s will. Let us follow the example of men and women of faith who lived before us. Let us ask for their intercession and help in our struggles.
1 Peter 5:5-14
Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. 6So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. 10 The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. 11 To him be dominion forever. Amen. 12 I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. 13 The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
R: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
1 [2] The favors of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. 2 [3] For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. (R) [6] The heavens proclaim your wonders, O Lord, and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones. 6 [7] For who in the skies can rank with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the sons of God?(R) 15 [16] Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O Lord, they walk. 16[17] At your name they rejoice all the day, and through your justice they are exalted. (R)      
God gave us the Gospels so that we can get to know Jesus better. St. Mark’s portrayal of Jesus draws us deeper into our faith and love for Jesus. We also understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Let us read and reflect on the Gospels so that the Holy Spirit can deepen our faith in God.
We proclaim Christ crucified; he is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Mark 16:15-20
15 Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. 18 They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. 20 But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

think: Let us read and reflect on the Gospels so that the Holy Spirit can deepen our faith in God.
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