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Monday, April 15, 2013

Daily Bible Readings - April 15,2013



1ST READING
Stephen knows what he believes in and is willing to die for it. The only way authorities can convict him of anything is by fabricating a case against him. As we look at the death of Stephen, we see that much of it is patterned after the death of Jesus. Why? Perhaps Luke wants the first martyr to be seen within the ambit of Christ’s passion and death so as to emphasize that a martyr’s witness is not to him or her self but to Christ.
 
Acts 6:8-15
 
8Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, 10 but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. 11 Then they instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, accosted him, seized him, and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They presented false witnesses who testified, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law. 14 For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” 15 All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
R: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
23 Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes. 24 Yes, your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors. (R) 26 I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. 27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. (R) 29 Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favor me with your law. 30 The way of truth I have chosen; I have set your ordinances before me. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
What motivations drive us? Are we focused on the superficial things of the world or do we look deeper into the spiritual realm of things? Jesus challenges the crowd to look beyond their superficial desires and address their deeper hunger the hunger for salvation — to know the true meaning of their lives. This is a challenge that will always be with us.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
One does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
 
John 6:22-29
22 [After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.] The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. 23 Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. 24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 28 So they asked him,  What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
 
think:  Jesus challenges us to look beyond our superficial desires and address our deeper hunger — the hunger for salvation.
 
 
T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST
Thank You Lord for: __________________
 
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God’s special verse/thought for me today_
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