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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord; the glorious company of Apostles praise you - Daily Bible Readings September 21, 2016


1ST READING
 
 
 At the heart of Christianity is an inherent sense of honor. This is based on faithfulness to the Gospel and we are hypocrites if we fail to live out discipleship in our lives. There is no gain in proclaiming the Gospel and not living it out. St. Matthew provides us with an account of Jesus’ life that helps us to know what it means to be a follower of Jesus. May we meditate on it and form our minds in the ways of God.
 
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
1 Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, 3 striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: 4 one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 11 And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
R: Their message goes out through all the earth.
1 [2] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 [3] Day pours out the word to day, and night to night imparts knowledge. (R) 3 [4] Not a word nor a discourse whose voice is not heard; 4 [5] through all the earth their voice resounds, and to the ends of the world, their message. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
Jesus chose Matthew from among one of the most despised groups in the society of his day — the tax collectors. They betrayed the Jewish people as they cooperated with the Romans. What is Jesus doing? He is telling us that no one is excluded from the offer of salvation. We should evangelize those who most need the call to conversion.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord; the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
 
Matthew 9:9-13
9 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. 11 The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
 
think: We should evangelize those who most need the call to conversion.
 
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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