Friday, October 30, 2015

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me - Daily Bible Readings October 30,3015

Paul could not understand why the Jews failed to recognize Christ as the Messiah. This was ingenuous on his part, and it took a pretty major intervention from God to get him to convert to the Christian faith. For 2,000 years, God prepared the Jews years for the coming of the Messiah and they missed Him — at least from the point of view of Christianity. They are still awaiting the coming of the Messiah.
Romans 9:1-5
1 Brothers and sisters: I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie; my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness 2 that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are children of Israel; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
R: Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. 13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you. (R) 14 He has granted peace in your borders; with the best of wheat he fills you. 15 He sends forth his command to the earth; swiftly runs his word! (R) 19 He has proclaimed his word to Jacob, his statutes and his ordinances to Israel. 20 He has not done thus for any other nation; his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia. (R)
Jesus confronts the leaders of the people — those who have the power to make life easier for the poor. He presents a conundrum that forces them to face their hypocrisy. As leaders of community, let us make sure that we do not make life difficult especially for those unable to cope with our demands. Let us be a Church of the poor and stand in solidarity with those who most need our help.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.
Luke 14:1-6
1 On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leadingPharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. 2 In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. 3 Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” 4 But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. 5 Then he said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” 6 But they were unable to answer his question.
think: Let us be a Church of the poor and stand in solidarity with those who most need our help.
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