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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son - Daily Bible Readings October 8,2015


1ST READING
 
Serving God and obeying His will is always the right thing to do. We can have the wrong attitude and the wrong intentions at times. Sometimes we will doubt if we truly know God’s will. We should make our best judgment of His will and obey Him. If we are mistaken, God will see that we have acted with goodwill and will be merciful to us.
 
Malachi 3:13-20
13 You have defied me in word, says the Lord, yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?” 14 You have said, “It is vain to serve God, and what do we profit by keeping his command, and going about in penitential dress in awe of the Lord of hosts? 15 Rather must we call the proud blessed; for indeed evildoers prosper, and even tempt God with impunity.” 16 Then they who fear the Lord spoke with one another, and the Lord listened attentively; and a record book was written before him of those who fear the Lord and trust in his name. 17 And they shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. 18 Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; between the one who serves God, and the one who does not serve him. 19 For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of hosts. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
 
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
 
God wants to give us His Holy Spirit and much more. If we have the humility to ask Him for His grace, He will readily give it to us. We must show God that we want His grace and that we will use it for the good of the Church. Our challenge is to be generous with our time, talents, and treasure in building up the whole Body of Christ.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.
 
Luke 11:5-13
5 Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ 7 and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 9 “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? 12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13 If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
 
think: We must show God that we want His grace and that we will use it for the good of the Church.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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