Those, living and deceased, who are listed in our Book of Prayers, found at the back of church.
Anyone can add names to this book each month.
What does it mean to be holy? God has definite ideas about the answer. Not bearing hatred for your brother or sister, not seeking revenge or holding grudges, loving your neighbor as yourself, treating human beings as the temples of God they are, offering no resistance to someone who wants to hurt you, turning the other cheek, not turning your back on someone, loving your enemies, praying for those who persecute you, and striving for perfection are some of the ways holiness can be pursued. Holiness, understood through God’s eyes, is attainable by all of us. It comes from making the right Gospel-centered choices and not falling victim to lesser temptations, reactions, and desires. Knowing what holiness actually involves, is it something you really want?
Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 [8a]/1 Cor 3:16-23/Mt 5:38-48
Monday: Jas 3:13-18/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15 [9a]//Mk 9:14-29
Tuesday: Jas 4:1-10/Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23 [23a]/Mk 9:30-37
Wednesday: Jl 2:12-18/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 [cf. 3a]/2 Cor 5:20—6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [Ps 40:5a]/Lk 9:22-25
Friday: 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 [19b]/Mt 9:14-15
Saturday: Is 58:9b-14/Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [11ab]/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 [cf. 3a]/Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Mt 4:1-11
Sharing the Gospel
After you let God’s love fill your heart you will act different. If someone at school is mean to you, you won’t get even. You will pray for her instead, with love in your heart. If your parents ask you to make your bed, you will do it cheerfully. With God’s help you can do a lot of good.
God, help me to love other people the way you do.
Mission of the Week
Pick up your toys and help with the dishes, without waiting to be asked.
God’s command to the ancient Israelites to be holy is inextricably linked to love of neighbor. What obstacles make this call to holiness so difficult to achieve?
Paul sees believers as “the temple of God” (holy) and warns believers, “Let no one deceive himself.” What are the voices in our society that try to deceive us of our identity?
In speaking about non-retaliation and love of enemies, Jesus challenges his disciples to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Why do you think Jesus would issue such a seemingly impossible command?
God already has the solution.