READINGS for 2006-07-28
THE GOD WHO NEVER LETS GO
??I will turn their morning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them joyful after their sorrow.? ? Jeremiah 31:13
These days when I see children running everywhere, I can?t help but be amazed at how they seem to find their way back to their parents.
?Father, walk beside me in my journey through life. May every step I take be towards You and not away from You.?
The true leader and pastor of the People of God will have a heart like the Lord?s ? one that is willing to give all for the sake of those whom he or she cares for. Father, thank You for the many wise leaders you have raised throughout history to lead Your people in the ways of truth and love. Raise up men and women today to continue doing this so that we might bear the Good News to all regions of the world.
14 Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master; I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. 15 I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. 16 When you multiply and become fruitful in the land, says the LORD, they will in those days no longer say, ?The ark of the covenant of the LORD!? They will no longer think of it, or remember it, or miss it, or make another. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem the LORD?s throne; there all nations will be gathered together to honor the name of the LORD at Jerusalem, and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness.
P S A L M
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12, 13
R: The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, proclaim it on distant coasts, and say: He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd his flock. (R) 11 The LORD shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror. 12 Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to the LORD?s blessings the grain, the wine, and the oil, the sheep and the oxen. (R) 13 Then the virgins shall make merry and dance, and young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus again emphasizes the truth that it is the simple things done well that will ensure our salvation. The various soils that the seed falls upon represent to us the different ways in which we welcome the Word of God into our lives. Let us seek to be fruitful soil ? where the Word of God can flourish and grow rather than Christians who initially welcome the Word of God but do not provide conditions wherein It can grow. There are many things that hinder its growth in our lives. Let us do our best to avoid them as often as possible.
18 ?Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. 20 The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. 21 But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. 22 The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. 23 But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Isaiah 44-45
PUTTING DOWN HEALTHY ROOTS
My mother was and still is an active member of an organization that promoted the growing of Australian Native Plants. As a young child I sometimes used to help her when she was potting up plants from seedlings. I learned that it was essential to the health of the plant that it be able to put down strong roots or else it would die. The flowers are usually the first things we notice and the focus of our attention; however, if the root system of a plant is not healthy, there will not be any flowers or fruit on the plant.
Lord Jesus, help me to get my priorities straight so that I concentrate my efforts on the aspects of my life that will bear lasting fruit and are not just going to wither and fade away.
Blessed Alphonsa Muttathupadathu, virgin, pray for us.
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