Daily Readings for Wednesday August 28,2019

Reading 1, (St. Augustine) Dt 10:12-17 : Love God with your whole heart

12 "And because you hearken to these ordinances, and keep and do them, the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love which he swore to your fathers to keep;

13 he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.
14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And the LORD will take away from you all sickness; and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict upon you, but he will lay them upon all who hate you.
16 And you shall destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God will give over to you, your eye shall not pity them; neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.
17 "If you say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'.


Reading 2, (St. Augustine) Wis 7:10-14 : Share your wisdom.

10 I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases.11 All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.12 I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; but I did not know that she was their mother.13 I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; I do not hide her wealth,14 for it is an unfailing treasure for men; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction.


 

 


Reading 3, (St. Augustine) 2Cor 5:14-21 Reconcile with God : (Fifth Wednesday) 1 Tim 6:17-21. Let the rich not be haughty

(St. Augustine) 2Cor 5:14-21 Reconcile with God

14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(St. Augustine) 1 Tim 6:17-21. Let the rich not be haughty   

17 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy.
18 They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous,
19 thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed.
20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge,
21 for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards the faith. Grace be with you.

 


Gospel, (St. Augustine) Mt 5:13-19 You are the light of the world and salt of the earth , : (Fifth Wednesday) Mt 7:15-20 Know the tree from its fruits

(St. Augustine) Mt 5:13-19 You are the light of the world and salt of the earth ,

 13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.17 "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 

(St. Augustine) Mt 7:15-20 Know the tree from its fruits  

15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles ? .17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

 


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