Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives - Daily Bible Readings August 31, 2016

There comes a time when we have to grow up. There is a time for formation and strengthening. That will eventually come to an end and we have to be ready to serve the Gospel. Sometimes we just want to be “spoon-fed” and leave the responsibility to others. Once we have received the Good News, we are empowered to proclaim it.
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
1 Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you milk, not solid food, because you were unable to take it. Indeed, you are still not able, even now, 3 for you are still of the flesh. While there is jealousy and rivalry among you, are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man? 4 Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men? 5 What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. 7 Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. 9 For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
12 Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 From heaven the Lord looks down; he sees all mankind. (R) 14 From his fixed throne he beholds all who dwell on the earth, 15 He who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and our shield, 21 for in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. (R)
Jesus affirms that His purpose, the reason His Father has sent Him, is to preach the Good News of the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus will not be distracted from this mission, neither by fame and glory nor persecution and trials. Jesus’ single-mindedness is truly inspiring. Let us draw strength from Him so that we can imitate them in our own ministries.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives.
Luke 4:38-44
38 After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. 39 He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. 40 At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. 41 And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. 42 At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
think: Jesus’ single-mindedness is truly inspiring.
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