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Thursday, October 22, 2015

I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him - Daily Bible Readings October 22,2015


1ST READING
 
We need to decide whom to serve for the rest of our lives. Is it Jesus or sin? The wages of sin is death, whereas those of faith in Jesus is eternal life. This makes the choice quite clear, doesn’t it? Why then do we fall into the temptation of sin and follow it rather than Jesus?
 
Romans 6:19-23
19 Brothers and sisters: I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21 But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
R: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
1 Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 2 but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night. (R) 3 He is like a tree planted near running water that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. (R) 4 Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. (R)
 
GOSPEL  
Hearing the Gospel and becoming a disciple of Jesus will compel us to make a stand on the issues that really matter. This is what Jesus is saying about division. Members of the same family will not all agree on the moral approach to an issue if some believe in the Gospel and others do not. Thus, the Gospel brings division in our relationships. The only way to heal the division is for men and women to believe in the Gospel.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
 
Luke 12:49-53
49 Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! 50 There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; 53 a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughterin- law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
 
think: We need to decide whom to serve for the rest of our lives. Is it Jesus or sin?
 
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 Sirach 46-51
 

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