Thursday, October 15, 2015

I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me - Daily Bible Readings October 15,2015

Paul acknowledged that all were sinners and in need of redemption. He also acknowledged that God made this judgment and sent Jesus to deal with sin by crucifying it on the Cross along with Him. The only way we can share in this victory is through faith. We cannot accomplish it on our own; we must rely on the victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Romans 3:21-30
21 Brothers and sisters: Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; 23 all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed, 26 through the forbearance of God — to prove his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 What occasion is there then for boasting? It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith. 28 For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles, 30 for God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R: With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice! 2 Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. (R) 3 If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? 4 But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. (R) 5 I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn. (R)
Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, one of the greatest mystics of the Church. She wrote the theology of mysticism and Therese of Lisieux, another Carmelite nun, whose feast day was on the first of this month, made it accessible for all to understand. The insights into the spiritual life found in the writings of St. Teresa of Avila are indeed profound. She also had a sense of humor, as most saints seem to have, and challenged the way God allowed her to suffer and endure difficulty and trials.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.
Luke 11:47-54
47 The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. 48 Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. 49 Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ 50 in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! 52 Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” 53 When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, 54 for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
think: The only way we can share in the victory of the Cross is through faith. We cannot accomplish it on our own; we must rely on the victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
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