Thursday, April 16, 2015

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe - Daily Bible Readings April 16,2015

Peter gave an argument that all disciples of Jesus will have to use to counter the hostility of today’s world to the Gospel. The will of God and His command to evangelize is the overriding aspect of being a Christian. If this conflicts with the world’s ideas, then God’s will must prevail. We will suffer but that is the price we pay for following Jesus. The saints saw suffering for the sake of the Gospel as a joy.
Acts 5:27-33
27 When the court officers had brought the Apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, 28 “We gave you strict orders, did we not, to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
R: The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
1 [2] I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 8 [9] Taste and see how good the Lord is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. (R) 16 [17] The Lord confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. 17 [18] When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. (R)  18 [19] The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. 19 [20] Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him. (R)
Eternal life is given to all who believe in Jesus, the Son of God. It is by faith alone that we are saved. However, true Christian faith always leads to action. We must live our faith by doing works of love and charity. We must share the Gospel with others and minister to those in need. This is at the heart of our Christian calling.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
John 3:31-36
31 The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy. 34 For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.
think: We must live out our faith by doing works of love and charity.
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