READING OF THE DAY: 19 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.

When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.

If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.

Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.

Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?

Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that?

Do not the pagans do the same?

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”‘ – Matthew 5:38-48.

READING OF THE DAY: 18 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.

Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.

By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s.

Through this he was attested to be righteous, God bearing witness to his gifts, and through this, though dead, he still speaks.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and “he was found no more because God had taken him.”

Before he was taken up, he was attested to have pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

By faith Noah, warned about what was not yet seen, with reverence built an ark for the salvation of his household.

Through this he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes through faith.” – Hebrews 11:1-7.

READING OF THE DAY: 17 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations; He foils the designs of peoples.

But the plan of the LORD stands forever; The design of his heart, through all generations.

Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.

From heaven the LORD looks down; He sees all mankind.

From his fixed throne he beholds

All who dwell on the earth, He who fashioned the heart of each, He who knows all their works.” – Psalms 33(32):10-11.12-13.14-15.

READING OF THE DAY: 13 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“God the LORD has spoken and summoned the earth, from the rising of the sun to its setting.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you, for your burnt offerings are before me always.”

“Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”

“You sit speaking against your brother; against your mother’s son you spread rumours.

“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?

Or do you think that I am like yourself?

I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.” – Psalms 50(49):1.8.16bc-17.20-21.

READING OF THE DAY: 12 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“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 fulfil.

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.

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.”

I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgement.’

But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.

Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.

It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.

It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.’

But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’

But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’

Anything more is from the evil one.” – Matthew 5:17-37.

READING OF THE DAY: 11 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“Before the mountains were begotten
And the earth and the world were brought forth,
From everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn man back to dust,
Saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.

You make an end of them in their sleep;
the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!” – Psalms 90(89):2.3-4.5-6.12-13.

READING OF THE DAY: 07 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place—

What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?

You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet.

All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.” – Psalms 8:4-5.6-7.8-9.