Daily Readings for Friday May 25,2018

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Reading 1, Is 35:3-10 . : The Glorious future



3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
7the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein.
9No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Reading 2, Acts 3:1-26 : A lame man is healed by Apostles



1Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at that gate of the temple which is called Beautiful to ask alms of those who entered the temple.
3Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms.
4And Peter directed his gaze at him, with John, and said, "Look at us."
5And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something from them.
6But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."
7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
8And leaping up he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
9And all the people saw him walking and praising God,
10and recognized him as the one who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's, astounded.
12And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, "Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
13The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
16And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man strong whom you see and know; and the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17"And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
19Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
20and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
21whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
22Moses said, `The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
23And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.'
24And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came afterwards, also proclaimed these days.
25You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God gave to your fathers, saying to Abraham, `And in your posterity shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
26God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness."


Reading 3, 1 Cor 12: 31-13:13 : Love is eternal

1 Corinthians 12
31But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

 



1 Corinthians 13 


 

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
5it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
10but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
13So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Gospel, Lk 7:11-23 : The blind see and the lame walk.

11Soon afterward he went to a city called Na'in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.
12As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.
13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."
14And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
15And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
16Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
17And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
18The disciples of John told him of all these things.
19And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?"
20And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'"
21In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.
22And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
23And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."


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