Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rejoice and leap for joy! Your reward will be great in heaven - Daily Bible Readings September 9,2015

Holiness is imitating Christ and how He had lived, served and loved. We must leave the ways of the world behind us and adopt the manner in which Christ had lived in our daily life. Sometime we will be alone in embracing the principles of the Gospel in our relationships with others. We must do the right thing, no matter what anyone else does.
Colossians 3:1-11
1 Brothers and sisters: If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. 6 Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. 7 By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. 9 Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.
Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13
R: The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
2 Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. (R) 10 Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord, and let your faithful ones bless you. 11 Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of your might. (R) 12 Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom. 13 Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. (R)
Luke’s version of the Beatitudes is different from that of Matthew’s. They wrote to different audiences and emphasized different aspects of the original text. Luke wrote to a community that was poor and suffered a lot, so he brought them comfort with the directness of the opening line – “Blessed are you poor! The Kingdom of Heaven is yours.” Luke champions the cause of the poor in his Gospel. Let us read it from this perspective so that we can strengthen our solidarity with the poor.
Rejoice and leap for joy! Your reward will be great in heaven.
Luke 6:20-26
20 Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. 21 Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. 24 But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. 26 Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
think: We must do the right thing, no matter what anyone else does.
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