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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory - Daily Bible Readings May 5,2015

1ST READING
 
It is difficult to establish a new faith community. But Paul did it successfully many times. How hard do we work to deepen our faith and sense of community through the Gospel? We may lose it if we do not work on it consistently.
 
Acts 14:19-28
19 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 21 After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. 22 They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” 23 They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. 24 Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. 25 After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. 27 And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
R: Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
10 Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R) 21 May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord, and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
John’s story about Jesus before His Passion is like a drama with different stages. Jesus prepared His disciples and told them that the time will come when He will be taken away from them. We know this because we have the inside story on the events of 2,000 years ago. The disciples were still in the dark. They knew Jesus will suffer and He will leave them. They also knew He will return. Jesus taught them that service is the key to their ministry.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory.
 
John 14:27-31
27 Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or be afraid. 28 You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 30 I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, 31 but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
 
think: Jesus taught the disciples that service is the key to their ministry.
 
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Deuteronomy 31-34
 

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