READING OF THE DAY: 26 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?

Why are you anxious about clothes?

Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.

They do not work or spin.

But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’

All these things the pagans seek.

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”‘ – Matthew 6:24-34.

READING OF THE DAY: 23 FEBRUARY, 2017

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‘Jesus said to his disciples: «Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.

It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.

It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.

Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'”

Everyone will be salted with fire.

Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor?

Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”‘ – Mark 9:41-50.

READING OF THE DAY: 21 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“My son, when you come to serve the LORD, prepare yourself for trials.

Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in time of adversity.

Cling to him, forsake him not; thus will your future be great.

Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient;

For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation.

Trust God and he will help you; make straight your ways and hope in him.

You who fear the LORD, wait for his mercy, turn not away lest you fall.

You who fear the LORD, trust him, and your reward will not be lost.

You who fear the LORD, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy.

Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed?

Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken?

Has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed?

Compassionate and merciful is the LORD; he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble.” – Book of Sirach 2:1-11.

 

READING OF THE DAY: 20 FEBRUARY, 2017

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“All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever, and is before all time

The sand of the seashore, the drops of rain, the days of eternity: who can number these?

Heaven’s height, earth’s breadth, the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?

Before all things else wisdom was created; and prudent understanding, from eternity.

To whom has wisdom’s root been revealed?

Who knows her subtleties?

There is but one, wise and truly awe-inspiring, seated upon his throne: It is the LORD; he created her, has seen her and taken note of her.

He has poured her forth upon all his works, upon every living thing according to his bounty; he has lavished her upon his friends.

Fear of the LORD is glory and splendour, gladness and a festive crown.

Fear of the LORD warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days.” – Book of Sirach 1:1-10.

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.