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

Link to today’s readings:

At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”

We think that if we do not admit we did something wrong or no one saw us, we are good. We forget that the Lord sees everything we do. He does not need us to come to Him in repentance, but we need to go to Him in repentance. We can lie, cheat and live a disordered life, but it does not escape God, no matter how much our friends tell us we are okay. We need His forgiveness, but only we can ask for it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I do not live a perfect life, but I know I can come to you for forgiveness when I stray. Your promise of love and eternal life means that I do not have to do this on my own. Thank you for always being there for me, in Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, Amen.

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.


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