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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Son of Man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many - Daily Bible Readings September 27, 2016


1ST READING
 
 Job experiences suffering and rues the day he was born. We can relate to his sentiment as it seems to point to a certain capriciousness at work in the universe, a capriciousness that does not acknowledge God as Lord of all. Even all the wisdom of the world is not able to shed light on this mystery.
 
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
1 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day. 2 Job spoke out and said: 3 Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” 11 Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? 12 [16] Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth, like babes that have never seen the light? 13 [12] Wherefore did the knees receive me? Or why did I suck at the breasts? 14 [13] For then I should have lain down and been tranquil; had I slept, I should then have been at rest 15 [14] with kings and counselors of the earth who built where now there are ruins 16 [15] or with princes who had gold and filled their houses with silver. 17 There the wicked cease from troubling, there the weary are at rest. 20 Why is light given to the toilers, and life to the bitter in spirit? 21 They wait for death and it comes not; they search for it rather than for hidden treasures, 22 rejoice in it exultingly, and are glad when they reach the grave: 23 Those whose path is hidden from them, and whom God has hemmed in!
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
R: Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
1 [2] O Lord, my God, by day I cry out; at night I clamor in your presence. 2 [3] Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my call for help. (R) 3 [4] For my soul is surfeited with troubles and my life draws near to the nether world. 4 [5] I am numbered with those who go down into the pit; I am a man without strength. (R) 5 [6] My couch is among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no longer and who are cut off from your care. (R) 6 [7] You have plunged me into the bottom of the pit, into the dark abyss. 7 [8] Upon me your wrath lies heavy, and with all your billows you overwhelm me. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Jesus knows that He will die in Jerusalem. His journey to Jerusalem marks a turning point in the Gospel. He faces the full consequences of our sins and this will happen in the place where most of the other prophets were persecuted. How do we face the difficult moments of our lives? Do we turn and run? Or do we “gird our loins” and get on with it? A disciple will face persecution. He knows that the Gospel cannot be taken from them and that with it eternal life is assured.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
The Son of Man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
 
Luke 9:51-56
51 When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, 52 and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, 53 but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” 55 Jesus turned and rebuked them, 56 and they journeyed to another village.
 
think: How do we face the difficult moments of our lives?
 
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR  Ezekiel 37-40
 

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