It is us, as followers of Christ, who are the learned and teachers of others. The witness of our lives must be as beacons in the darkness, guiding weary travelers on their way home. This is our responsibility as people who have received the gift of salvation and who are persevering in our walk of discipleship. The way we live is an important expression of our commitment to the Gospel and to the truth of God?s promise of salvation. Let us pray that we will always be faithful in living it out to the full.
1 ?At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. 3 But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.
P S A L M
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
R: You are my inheritance, O Lord!
5 O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot. 8 I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. (R) 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; 10 because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. (R) 11 You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (R)
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
The author of this letter to the Hebrews is clear in his understanding that the Old Testament sacrifices, while performed in good faith, have absolutely no effect in removing the sin from the lives of the people. It is only the perfect sacrifice of Jesus that can do this. Thus, it is this sacrifice that we celebrate in the Eucharist and other sacraments as being the source of our salvation. Nothing can ever substitute for it, that is, it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary that any person can be saved!
11 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; 13 now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.
G O S P E L
We must cling to the words of Jesus as they contain the truth and the directions we must follow to receive eternal life. We cannot afford to allow ourselves to become distracted in any way from the light of truth that they contain. The world will seek to seduce us with its lies and counter arguments. However, let us fix our hearts and minds upon the Word of God and see to it that the world does not gain a hold over our lives.
24 ?But in those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see ?the Son of Man coming in the clouds? with great power and glory, 27 and then he will send out the angels and gather [his] elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. 28 ?Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. 30 Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 ?But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.?
think: The witness of our lives must be as beacons in the darkness, guiding weary travelers on their way home.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Acts 4-6
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Evangelist (first century)
?It seemed good to me also ? to write an orderly account for you,
most excellent Theophilus, that you may know that truth concerning
the things of which you have been informed.?
St. Luke was the author of one of the four Gospels as well as the Acts of the Apostles. From references in the letters of St. Paul it is supposed that he was a gentile Christian who accompanied Paul on many of his journeys and who attended him faithfully during his final days of imprisonment. In his letter to the Colossians Paul refers to ?Luke, the beloved physician,? a phrase which has prompted the traditional depictions of Luke as a doctor. Support for this tradition may perhaps be found in the clinical detail with which Luke ornaments his stories of illness and healing. But as Joseph Donders has observed, ?Luke?s greater concern is with Jesus as the ?healer of a broken world.??
Luke?s Gospel is marked by a special concern for the poor, the marginalized, women, and social outcasts. His account of the Nativity, with its stress on the faith of Mary, emphasizes the humbleness of Jesus? birth and its significance in fulfilling the hopes of the poor. He has Jesus announce his mission in the synagogue in Nazareth with the text from Isaiah, ?The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, ? to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.? In Luke?s version of the Beatitudes, Jesus proclaims, ?Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.? And it is in Luke?s Gospel that we find the parable of the rich man and the poor beggar, Lazarus, that offers such a striking image of the relation between mercy and justice in this life and in the life to come.
Throughout history Luke?s Gospel has held special meaning for those Christian movements inspired by the poverty of Jesus and his ministry among the poor. It is significant, however, that Luke never met Jesus. His knowledge of Jesus came only from his encounter with the Risen Lord, present in the Christian communities he described in Acts. Of all the evangelists, Luke had the most vital sense of God?s presence in ongoing history. That is why his story does not end with the resurrection of Jesus in the life of the church and in the midst of the world. That story, which is partly Luke?s legacy, continues still.