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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom - Daily Bible Readings October 3,2015


1ST READING
 
I wonder how the prophets of yesteryears would assess the unbridled capitalism and materialism of our age. In the first few months of his pontificate, Pope Francis spoke about the need to simplify our lives. I hope that he, and others with him, continues to call for a greater simplicity of living. If we want to arrest the destruction of the environment, preserve our rare resources and stop global warming, then the simplest way is to cut down our consumption, particularly in nations where it is out of control.
 
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, you were sold to the nations not for your destruction; it was because you angered God that you were handed over to your foes. For you provoked your Maker with sacrificesto demons, to no-gods; you forsook the Eternal God who nourished you, and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. She indeed saw coming upon you the anger of God and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God has brought great mourning upon me, 10 for I have seen the captivity that the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. 11 With joy I fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. 12 Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God. 27 Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. 28 As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; 29 for he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37
R: The Lord listens to the poor.
32 [33] “See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive! 33[34] For the Lord hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds he spurns not. 34 [35] Let the heavens and the earth praise him, the seas and whatever moves in them!” (R) 35 [36] For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. They shall dwell in the land and own it, 36[37]and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall inhabit it. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Jesus tells His disciples not to focus on the spectacular and glorious events of their ministry, but on the fact that their names are recorded in the book of eternal life. The latter will endure and form their lives forever, while the former will pass into memories that will someday be forgotten — judged incidental when compared to the things that really matter.While it is nice to bask in the glory of our own success, it is still the success of Jesus in the resurrection that makes all the difference.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
 
Luke 10:17-24
17 The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing, and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” 18 Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. 19 Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 21 At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” 23 Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
 
think: While it is nice to bask in the glory of our own success, it is still the success of Jesus in the resurrection that makes all the difference.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Ecclesiastes 1-4 
 

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