Daily Scripture Reflection
Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: “He catches the wise in their own ruses,” and again: “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”
In you, Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice deliver me; incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me!
Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me.
You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead and guide me.
Free me from the net they have set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, Lord, faithful God.
Do not speak evil of one another, brothers. Whoever speaks evil of a brother or judges his brother speaks evil of the law and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save or to destroy. Who then are you to judge your neighbor?
When I came to you proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
Praise the Lord, who is so good; God’s love endures forever;
Praise the God of gods; God’s love endures forever;
Praise the Lord of lords; God’s love endures forever.
Who alone has done great wonders, God’s love endures forever;
Who skillfully mad the heavens, God’s love endures forever;
Who spread the earth upon the waters, God’s love endures forever;
Who made the great lights, God’s love endures forever;
The sun to rule the day, God’s love endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule the night, God’s love endures forever.
In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, declared by God high priest according to the order of Melchizedek
How good to celebrate our God in song; how sweet to give fitting praise.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, gathers the dispersed of Israel, heals the brokenhearted,
binds up their wounds, numbers all the stars, calls each of then by name.
Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure.
The Lord sustains the poor, but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; with the lyre celebrate our God,
who covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth,
makes grass sprout on the mountains, who gives animals their food
and ravens what they cry for.
God takes no delight in the strength of horses, no pleasure in the runner’s stride.
Rather the Lord takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful care.
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.
Do not complain, brothers, about one another, that you may not be judged. Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates. Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, because “the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.
Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
with grief my eyes are wasted, my soul and body spent.
My life is worn out by sorrow, my years by sighing.
My strength fails in affliction; my bones are consumed.
To all my foes I am a thing of scorn, to my neighbors, a dreaded sight,
a horror to my friends.
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands; rescue me from my enemies,
from the hands of my pursuers.
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your kindness.
Do not let me be put to shame, for I have called to you, Lord.