Sunday, May 10, 2015

Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him - Daily Bible Readings May 10,2015

Peter told Cornelius to stand and stop paying him homage. This reminds us of our need to grow in humility. Peter knew that Jesus alone can save and that it was God who performed the miracles he saw. Peter knew that if we took credit for these things, we become proud and may lose our faith. We must remember that we do not have the power to perform miracles.
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage. 26 Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up. I myself am also a human being.” 34 Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. 35 Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” 44 While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, 46 for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter responded, 47“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?” 48 He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) The Lord has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R)
Let us never allow a day to go by without expressing our love for someone. John tells us that love is at the heart of all that we do with and for God. Without love, we are nothing and can do nothing good. As we reflect on the call to love one another, let us open our hearts to receive the fullness of God’s love for us. Only then will we be able to truly love others.
1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God wasrevealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
We are all called to be martyrs and to lay down our lives for others. This means dying daily to our selves – to our wants and desires – and to respond to the needs of others. No one is exempt from this martyrdom. The more a person has, the greater the martyrdom to which he or she is called. Unfortunately, only a few heed this call; some hear it but do not respond.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
John 15:9-17
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. 12 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. 16 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 17 This I command you: love one another.”
think: We are all called to be martyrs and to lay down our lives for others.
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