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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him - Daily Bible Readings June 17,2015

1ST READING
 
Understanding the principle of sowing unlocks the dam of God’s grace waiting to be poured upon us. It is a natural principle that applies to all areas of life. If we accept this truth, then we will see an abundance of miracles because God’s grace will flow freely through us. Let us become channels of His grace as best as we can.
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
6 Brothers and sisters: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. 10 The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 9
R: Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
1 Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commands. 2 His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth; the upright generation shall be blessed. (R) 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house; his generosity shall endure forever. 4 Light shines through the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and merciful and just. (R) 9 Lavishly he gives to the poor; his generosity shall endure forever; his horn shall be exalted in glory. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
 
Does it matter what other people think of our good works? Yes, in terms of the witness of our lives. No, in the sense that their blindness or refusal to accept the good in our lives is not our problem. What matters is that God sees all that we do to be His disciple. That should be enough for us. We do not need the approval of others to receive the gift of salvation.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
 
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. 2 When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the  synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, 4 so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. 5 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. 16 “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
 
think: What matters is that God sees all that we do to be His disciple.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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