Daily Scripture Reflection
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder’s craft.
One day to the next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge.
There is no word or sound; no voice is heard;
Yet their report goes forth through all the earth, their message to the ends of the world.
God has pitched a tent there for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber,
and like an athlete joyfully runs its course.
From one end of the heavens it comes forth;
its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat.
Sing to the Lord, a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds.
For great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods.
For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place.
The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad.
Cloud and darkness surround the Lord; justice and right are the foundations of his throne.
Fire goes before him; everywhere it consumes the foes.
Lightning illumines the world; the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim God’s justice; all peoples see his glory.
The Lord is king, robed with majesty; the Lord is robed, girded with might.
The world will surely stand in place, never to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old; you are from everlasting, Lord.
The flood has raised up, Lord; the flood has raised up its roar;
the flood has raised its pounding waves.
More powerful than the roar of many waters, more powerful than the breakers of the sea,
powerful in the heavens is the Lord.
Your decrees are firmly established; holiness belongs to your house, Lord, for all the length of days.
Lord, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.
Let my cry come before you, Lord; in keeping with your word give me discernment.
Let my prayer come before you; rescue me according to your promise.
May my lips pour forth your praise, because you teach me your laws.
May my tongue sing of your promise, for all your commands are just.
Keep your hand ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, Lord; your teaching is my delight.
Let me live to praise you; may your edicts give me help.
I have wandered like a lost sheep; seek our your servant, for I do not forget your commands.
Wait a little, and the wicked will be no more; look for them and they will not be there.
But the poor will possess the land, will delight in great prosperity.
The wicked plot against the just and grind their teeth at them;
But the Lord laughs at them, knowing their day is coming.
The wicked draw their swords; they string their bows
to fell the poor and oppressed,
to slaughter those whose way is honest.
Their swords will pierce their own hearts; their bows will be broken.