Saturday, February 20, 2016

This is My beloved Son, listen to Him.

"From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, listen to him."  (Cf Matthew 17: 5 RM)

"My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”  (Psalm 27: 8 NLT)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Behold now is a very acceptable time.

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

"If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that."  (Matthew 5: 43 -  47 MSG)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

If You O Lord mark our iniquities, who will survive?

"Thus says the Lord GOD:
If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.

"Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
says the Lord GOD.
Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live?"  (Ezekiel 18: 22-23 RM)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lord, on the day I called for help, You answered me.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Matthew 7: 7 -  8 NLT)

"And if you hard-hearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won’t your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?"  ( Matthew 7: 11 TLB)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit

"Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”  (Jonah 3: 1-2  NIV)

"When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened."  (Jonah 3 : 10 NABRE)

When God saw their actions: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.....

Monday, February 15, 2016

I sought the Lord and He answered me.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one."

"If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.   But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."  (Matthew 6: 9 - 15 NABRE)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Your words, O Lord are Spirit and life.

"The Lord said to Moses:  Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy."  (Leviticus 19: 1-2 NABRE)

"You shall not go about spreading slander among your people; nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the Lord.

"You shall not hate any of your kindred in your heart. Reprove your neighbor openly so that you do not incur sin because of that person.  Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord."  (Leviticus 19: 16 - 18 NABRE)