May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071215.cfm

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. 

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory. 

We were blessed and chosen by Our Lord before the earth was formed. We were given every spiritual blessings that are His to give. What have you done with these blessings? Have you used them to give honor and glory to God? Have you used them to spread the truth and light of His word? Or have you refused to acknowledge that you have anything from God, refused to believe that He has given you anything special? Why, do you not believe His promise? You should, the world lies to you, but He does not.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings you have given to me. For many years I refused to accept them, but by your grace my heart and mind have been opened and I give you all the praise and glory. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

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