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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073116.cfm

Brothers and sisters: If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.

We are all children of God. What separates us is how we choose to live the life He gives us. If we choose the things of the earth, we must discard them to live as a child of God. It is our choice – God does not send us anywhere. We all start the same, but where we spend eternity is our choice. How do you choose?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I chose you for eternity. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen!

 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

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