Daily Scripture Reflection
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render and account.
Praise, you servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the Lord be praised.
High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens God’s glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God enthroned on high, looking down on heaven and earth?
The Lord raises the needy from the dust, lifts the poor from the ash heap,
seats them with princes, the princes of the people,
gives the childless wife a home, the joyful mother of children.
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness;
in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.
Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.
Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight
that you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.
Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.
Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory, robed in light as with a cloak.
You spread out the heavens like a tent; you raised your palace upon the waters.
You make the clouds your chariot; you make the winds your messengers;
flaming fire your ministers.
You fixed the earth on its foundation, never to be moved.
Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.
Give praise for his mighty deeds; praise him for his great majesty.
Give praise with blasts upon the horn; praise him with harp and lyre.
Give praise with tambourines and dance; praise him with flutes and strings.
Give praise with crashing cymbals; praise him with sounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah!
But not the wicked!
They are like chaff driven by the wind.
Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment,
Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in God’s commands.
Their descendants shall be mighty in the land, a generation upright and blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in their homes; their prosperity shall endure forever.
They shine through the darkness, a light for the upright;
they are gracious, merciful and just.
The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
Rise up, Lord God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor!
Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, “God doesn’t care?”
But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow;
you take the matter in hand.
To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans.
Break the arms of the wicked and depraved;
make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive.
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.The Lord watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.