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Friday, August 5, 2016

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven - Daily Bible Readings August 5, 2016


1ST READING
 
 
Our powerful God can pick up the pieces and restore nations to prosperity. However, we must trust and follow Him. Faithfulness to God is the greatest facilitator of His blessings. God’s blessings are never far from those who walk in His ways according to His Word and will.
 
Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7
1 See, upon the mountains there advances the bearer of good news, announcing peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah, fulfill your vows! For nevermore shall you be invaded by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed. 2 [3] The Lord will restore the vine of Jacob, the pride of Israel, though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined the tendrils. 3:1 Woe to the bloody city, all lies, full of plunder, whose looting never stops! 2 The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels; horses a-gallop, chariots bounding, 3 cavalry charging, the  flame of the sword, the flash of the spear, the many slain, the heaping corpses, the endless bodies to stumble upon! 6 I will cast filth upon you, disgrace you and put you to shame; 7 till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying, “Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her? Where can one find any to console her?”
 
P S A L M
 
Deuteronomy 32:35-36, 39, 41
R: It is I who deal death and give life.
35 Close at hand is the day of their disaster and their doom is rushing upon them! 36 Surely, the Lord shall do justice for his people; on his servants he shall have pity. (R) 39 “Learn then that I, I alone, am God, and there is no god besides me. It is I who bring both death and life, I who inflict wounds and heal them.” (R) 41 I will sharpen my flashing sword, and my hand shall lay hold of my quiver. With vengeance I will repay my foes and requite those who hate me.” (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Discipleship is at the heart of Jesus’ preaching. Jesus emphasizes that becoming His disciple will involve difficulties and even suffering. This is the cross we are called to carry. Let us remember, however, that we are victorious even in the midst of suffering and trials because the cross is not the end of the story. Jesus is risen and we share in His victory.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
 
Matthew 16:24-28
24 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay each according to his conduct. 28 Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”
 
 
think: We are victorious even in the midst of suffering and trials because the cross is not the end of the story. Jesus is risen and we share in His victory.
 
 
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