February 28, 2017

Sirach 35:1-12

The one who keeps the law makes many offerings;
    one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being.
The one who returns a kindness offers choice flour,
     and one who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering.
To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord,
    and to forsake unrighteousness is an atonement.
Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed,
    for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the commandment.
The offering of the righteous enriches the altar,
    and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High.
The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable,
    and it will never be forgotten.
Be generous when you worship the Lord,
    and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
With every gift show a cheerful face,
    and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
    and as generously as you can afford....

February 27, 2017

Sirach 17:20-24

To the penitent God provides a way back,

he encourages those who are losing hope

and has chosen for them the lot of truth.

Return to him and give up sin,

pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.

Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,

hate intensely what he loathes,

and know the justice and judgments of God,

Stand firm in the way set before you,

in prayer to the Most High God.

Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High

in place of the living who offer their praise?

Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,

but offer your praise before death.

No more can the dead give praise

than those who have never lived;

You who are alive and well

shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.

How great the mercy of the LORD,

his forgiveness of those who return to him!

Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
    

whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    

and in whose spirit there is no decei...

February 26, 2017

Isaiah 49:14-15

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
    

my Lord has forgotten me.”

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    

or show no compassion for the child of her womb?


Even these may forget,
    

yet I will not forget you.

Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    

from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    

my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    

for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    

my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    

pour out your heart before him;


God is a refuge for us.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that th...

February 26, 2017

Sirach 17:1-15

The Lord created human beings out of earth,
    and makes them return to it again.
He gave them a fixed number of days,
    but granted them authority over everything on the earth.
He endowed them with strength like his own,
    and made them in his own image.
He put the fear of them in all living beings,
    and gave them dominion over beasts and birds.
Discretion and tongue and eyes,
    ears and a mind for thinking he gave them.
He filled them with knowledge and understanding,
    and showed them good and evil.
He put the fear of him into their hearts
    to show them the majesty of his works.
And they will praise his holy name,
     to proclaim the grandeur of his works.
He bestowed knowledge upon them,
    and allotted to them the law of life.
He established with them an eternal covenant,
    and revealed to them his decrees....

February 24, 2017

Sirach 6: 5-17

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,

    and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies.

Let those who are friendly with you be many,

    but let your advisers be one in a thousand.

When you gain friends, gain them through testing,

    and do not trust them hastily.

For there are friends who are such when it suits them,

    but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

And there are friends who change into enemies,

    and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace.

And there are friends who sit at your table,

    but they will not stand by you in time of trouble.

When you are prosperous, they become your second self,

    and lord it over your servants;

but if you are brought low, they turn against you,

    and hide themselves from you.

Keep away from your enemies,

    and be on guard with your friends.

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:

    whoever finds one has found a treasure.

Faithful friends are beyond price;

    no amount can balance the...

February 23, 2017

Sirach 5:1-8

Do not rely on your wealth,
or say, “I have enough.”

Do not follow your inclination and strength
in pursuing the desires of your heart.
Do not say, “Who can have power over me?”
for the Lord will surely punish you.

Do not say, “I sinned, yet what has happened to me?”
for the Lord is slow to anger.
Do not be so confident of forgiveness
that you add sin to sin.
Do not say, “His mercy is great,
he will forgive the multitude of my sins,”
for both mercy and wrath are with him,
and his anger will rest on sinners.
Do not delay to turn back to the Lord,
and do not postpone it from day to day;
for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will come upon you,
and at the time of punishment you will perish.
Do not depend on dishonest wealth,
for it will not benefit you on the day of calamity.

Psalm 1:1-4, 6

Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they me...

February 22, 2017

1 Peter 5:1-4

Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff—

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the...

February 21, 2017

Sirach 2: 1-11

My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
    prepare yourself for testing.
Set your heart right and be steadfast,
    and do not be impetuous in time of calamity.
Cling to him and do not depart,
    so that your last days may be prosperous.
Accept whatever befalls you,
    and in times of humiliation be patient.
For gold is tested in the fire,
    and those found acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust in him, and he will help you;
    make your ways straight, and hope in him.

You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy;
    do not stray, or else you may fall.
You who fear the Lord, trust in him,
    and your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the Lord, hope for good things,
    for lasting joy and mercy.
Consider the generations of old and see:
    has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed?
Or has anyo...

February 20, 2017

Sirach 1:1-10

All wisdom is from the Lord,
    

and with him it remains forever.

The sand of the sea, the drops of rain,
    

and the days of eternity—who can count them?

The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth,
    

the abyss, and wisdom—who can search them out?

Wisdom was created before all other things,
    

and prudent understanding from eternity.

The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
    

Her subtleties—who knows them?

There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared,
    

seated upon his throne—the Lord.

It is he who created her;
    

he saw her and took her measure;
    

he poured her out upon all his works,

upon all the living according to his gift;
    

he lavished her upon those who love him.

Psalm 93:1-2, 5

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
    

the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.


He has established the world...

February 19, 2017

Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    

and all that is within me,
    

bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    

and do not forget all his benefits—

who forgives all your iniquity,
    

who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the Pit,
    

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    

nor...

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