Daily Scripture Reflection
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences. They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected when received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the invocation of God in prayer.
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.
I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; before the gods to you I sing.
I bow low toward your holy temple; I praise your name for your fidelity and love.
For you have exalted over all your name and your promise.
When I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit.
All the kings of earth will praise you, Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the Lord: “How great is the glory of the Lord!”
The Lord is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of dangers, you guard my life when my enemies rage.
You stretch out your hand; your right hand saves me.
The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your love endures forever.
Never forsake the work of your hands!
Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the approval of those who do good. For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people. Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God. Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king.
The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who live there.
For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers.
Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? Who can stand in his holy place?
The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols,
who have not sworn falsely.
They will receive blessings from the Lord, and justice from their saving God.
Such are the people that love the Lord, that seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
But the Lord’s kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age.
He favors the children’s children of those who keep his covenant,
who take care to fulfill its precepts.
The Lord’s throne is established in heaven; God’s royal power rules over all.
Bless the Lord, all you angels, mighty in strength and attentive,
obedient to every command.
Bless the Lord, all you hosts, ministers who do God’s will.
Bless the Lord, all creatures, everywhere in God’s domain.
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord, your love reaches to heaven; your fidelity, to the clouds.
Your justice is like the highest mountains; your judgments, like the mighty deep;
all living creatures you sustain, Lord.
How precious is your love, O God! We take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
We feast on the rich food of your house; from your delightful stream you give us drink.
For with you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see light.
Continue your kindness toward your friends, your just defense of the honest heart.
I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord chastised me harshly, but did not hand me over to death.
I thank you for you answered me; you have been my savior.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
Lord, grant salvation! Lord, grant good fortune!
You are my God, I give you thanks; my God, I offer you praise.
Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever.
Let your love come to me, Lord, salvation in accord with your promise.
Let me answer my taunters with a word, for I trust in your word.
Do not take the word of truth from my mouth, for in your edicts is my hope.
I will keep your teachings always, for all time and forever.
I will walk freely in an open space because I cherish your precepts.
I will speak openly of your decrees without fear even before kings.
I delight in your commands, which I dearly love.
I lift up my hands to your commands; I study your laws, which I love.