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Friday, September 4, 2015

I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life - Daily Bible Readings September 4,2015


1ST READING
 
Jesus is the heart of the Gospel message. Everything rests upon what He has done. St. Paul reflects on this today in an almost mystical way. Paul was in awe of Jesus, not fully understanding how He worked. Like Paul, no one can fully understand the mysteries surrounding Jesus. The Church tells us what we must believe, but the rest is left up to our personal experience.
 
Colossians 1:15-20
15 Brothers and sisters, Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the Body, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5
R: Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; 2 serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song. (R) 3 Know that the Lord is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. (R) 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him; bless his name. (R) 5 For he is good, the Lord, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
 
GOSPEL
 
The proclamation of the Gospel by Jesus, began a new era of God’s revelation. He told the people that there was a new wineskin and the old one has been replaced. We should have a fresh perspective when studying the words of Jesus in the Gospel. The Old Covenant has passed and a new one has dawned. Let us embrace all that God is offering us through His Son, Jesus.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.
 
Luke 5:33-39
33 The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees dothe same; but yours eat and drink.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” 36 And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. 37 Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. 38 Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
 
think: No one can fully understand the mysteries surrounding Jesus. The Church tells us what we must believe, but the rest is left up to our personal experience.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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