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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life - Daily Bible Readings March 2,2016


1ST READING
 
The Law of God is meant to encapsulate the people’s experience of His work in their lives as individuals and as a nation. It is a history of the people’s relationship with God. We need to remember what He has done in order to know how He is working in us now and how He will work in the future.
 
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
1 Moses spoke to the people and said: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 5 Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees as the Lord, my God, has commanded me, that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy. 6 Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’ 7 For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? 8 Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today? 9 However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 147: 12-13, 15-16, 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) 15 He sends forth his command to the earth; swiftly runs his word! 16 He spreads snow like wool; frost he strews like ashes. (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. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
If we do not follow the Law of God, we cannot be His disciples. For the Law to make sense, we must understand it in the context of our relationship with God. It is not only a set of rules imposed in an arbitrary fashion. The Law aims to strengthen and build relationships that will stand the test of time. From this perspective, the Law will be much easier to follow.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.
 
Matthew 5:17-19
17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

think: The Law is all about strengthening and building relationships that will
stand the test of time.
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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