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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The word of God is living and effective, able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart - Daily Bible Readings August 19,2015


1ST READING
 
Today’s First Reading warns us to be wary of those who seek leadership because they may not have our best interests at heart. Corruption at the highest level is inexcusable. Leaders who enrich only themselves at the expense of others should be locked away, probably for the rest of their lives. They have betrayed the most important trust a nation can give anyone. Corruption at this level is tantamount to treason. They have betrayed their countrymen and should be punished.
 
Judges 9:6-15
6 All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together and proceeded to make Abimelech king by the terebinth at the memorial pillar in Shechem. 7 When this was reported to him, Jotham went to the top of Mount Gerizim, and standing there, cried out to them in a loud voice: “Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you! 8 Once the trees went to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ 9 But the olive tree answered them, ‘Must I give up my rich oil, whereby men and gods are honored, and go to wave over the trees?’ 10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come; you reign over us!’ 11 But the fig tree answered them, ‘Must I give up my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?’ 12 Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come you, and reign over us.’ 13 But the vine answered them, ‘Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men, and go to wave over the trees?’ 14 Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, ‘Come; you reign over us!’ 15 But the buckthorn replied to the trees, ‘If you wish to anoint me king over you in good faith, come and take refuge in my shadow. Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: Lord, in your strength the king is glad.
1 [2] O Lord, in your strength the king is glad; in your victory how greatly he rejoices! 2[3]You have granted him his heart’s desire; you refused not the wish of his lips. (R) 3 [4] For you welcomed him with goodly blessings, you placed on his head a crown of pure gold. 4 [5] He asked life of you: you gave him length of days forever and ever. (R) 5 [6] Great is his glory in your victory; majesty and splendor you conferred upon him. 6 [7] You made him a blessing forever; you gladdened him with the joy of your face. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
God is merciful and He will forgive a repentant sinner and offer him the gift of eternal life, no matter how late in life the person repents. Is this fair? It is really up to God. Who are we to complain what He does with His mercy? Having an extra person in heaven will increase the amount of love there. We will not be deprived of God’s love, as His love is infinite. How God distributes His mercy, graces or gifts is the least of our worries. Our only concern is our faithfulness to what we have been given.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
The word of God is living and effective, able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart.
 
Matthew 20:1-16
1 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ 5 So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. 6 Going out about five o’clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my   vineyard.’ 8 When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ 9 When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. 10 So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ 13 He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? 15 Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
 
think: How God distributes His mercy, graces or gifts is the least of our worries. Our only concern is our faithfulness to what we have been given.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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