Daily Scripture Reflection
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
It is not that I have already taken hold of it (the power of the resurrection) or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ. I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.
One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek:
To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life,
to gaze on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his temple.
For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble,
will conceal me in the cover of his tent and set me high upon a rock.
Even now my head is held high above my enemies on every side!
I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.
Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury
and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance.
So I exhort the presbyters among you (the officially appointed leaders and teachers of the Christian Community), as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
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.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; worship the Lord with cries of gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
Know that the Lord is God, our maker to whom we belong,
whose people we are, God’s well-tended flock.
Enter the temple gates with praise, its courts with thanksgiving.
Give thanks to God, bless his name; good indeed is the Lord,
whose love endures forever, whose faithfulness lasts through every age.
Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him. No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God;” for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.
I have fulfilled your just edict; do not abandon me to my oppressors.
Guarantee your servant’s welfare; do not let the arrogant oppress me.
My eyes long to see your salvation and the justice of your promise.
Act with kindness toward your servant; teach me your laws.
I am your servant; give me discernment that I may know your decrees.
It is time for the Lord to act; they have disobeyed your teaching.
Truly I love your commands more than the finest gold.
Thus I follow all your precepts; every wrong way I hate.
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
If you, Lord, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.
I wait with longing for the Lord, my soul waits for his word.
My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak.
More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel look for the Lord.
For with the Lord is kindness, with him is full redemption.
And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.