Friday, September 18, 2015

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom - Daily Bible Readings September 18,2015

Everyone in the community needs to do their share in the service, or the community will suffer. We can neither leave all the work to a faithful few and expect it to flourish, nor can we leave control in the hands of an elite few. Relationships are always risky. There is a chance that people will disappoint one another. We have to take the risk and give people the chance to use their gifts, knowing that there may be some failures.
1 Timothy 6:2-12
2 Beloved: Teach and urge these things. 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, 5 and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. 6 Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. 8 If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. 9 Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains. 11 But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 12 Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Psalm 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
R: Blessed the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
5 [6] Why should I fear in evil days when my wicked ensnarers ring me round? 6 [7] They trust in their wealth; the abundance of their riches is their boast. (R) 7 [8] Yet in no way can a man redeem himself, or pay his own ransom to God; 8 [9] too high is the price to redeem one’s life; he would never have enough 9 [10] to remain alive always and not see destruction. (R) 16 [17] Fear not when a man grows rich, when the wealth of his house becomes great, 17[18] for when he dies, he shall take none of it; his wealth shall not follow him down. (R) 18[19] Though in his lifetime he counted himself blessed, “They will praise you for doing well for yourself,” 19 [20] he shall join the circle of his forebears who shall never more see light. (R)
Jesus’ ministry had different requirements, some of them monetary. Today’s Gospel is about some women who provided for the ministry. Faithful donors to many of the ministries of the Church are the unsung heroes. Without the generosity of people, a lot of the social works of the Church would not happen. Most religious orders have received large bequests that have provided for their works. Let us always be generous in supporting the good works of the Church.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
Luke 8:1-3
1 Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve 2 and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
think: Let us always be generous in supporting the good works of the Church.
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