Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4; Luke 11:29-32
“The Lord has made known his salvation…” (Ps 98:1)
“Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles” (Rom 1:5)
The Psalm for today declares that the Lord has made known his salvation. How has the Lord made his salvation known to you? What people or experiences have helped you understand or appreciate salvation more deeply? Thank God for those who were graced in ways that enabled them to bring you to a new level of understanding, a new level of obedience, or a new level of reconciliation.
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
In today’s readings, the theme of invitation draws us into the freedom that Jesus offers us.
The first reading from Isaiah promises the beleaguered people of Israel that not only will their lives be filled with food and comfort but “the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face.” This offered the hope that Israel would someday be able to say to God, “let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"
Joel 4:12-21; Luke 11:27-28
Jesus, as He usually does, expresses such a wonderful thought in a succinct fashion - Blest are those who hear the word of God, and keep it. He focuses on blessings, on positives. No damnation and hellfire here, just why good things happen to good people. Is this hearing and keeping hard stuff to do?