Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection, 4 November 2020 – Work Out Your Own Salvation
Readings at Mass for Wednesday 4 November 2020
Today’s Rosary: The Glorious Mystery
ST CHARLES BORROMEO, Bishop (MEMORIAL)
KADUNA: Tomorrow is the 48th anniversary of the Episcopal ordination of Most Revd Peter Jatau, Emeritus, 5th November 1972.
SHENDAM: Tomorrow is the 3rd anniversary of the Episcopal ordination of Most Revd Philip D. Dung, 5th November 2017.
My beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labour in vain. Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 27:1.4.13-14 (R. 1a)
R/. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
whom should I dread? R.
There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
only this do I seek:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord,
to inquire at his temple. R.
I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong;
be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! R.
ALLELUIA 1 Peter 4: 14
Alleluia. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God rests upon you. Alleluia.
“Whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 14:25-33)
At that time: Great multitudes accompanied Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
A true disciple is one who happily puts into practice what he learns from the master irrespective of whether the master is present or absent. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus or to be his disciples must renounce worldly power and glory. This entails renouncing giving up and forfeiting things that are very dear and precious to us – for example, our father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters and even one’s own life. This implies that our love for Jesus should supersede our love for every other thing or person. A true disciple must follow the footsteps of his/her master. Hence as Christians, we must love even to the point of death after the example of our master Jesus Christ.
“You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.” – Isaiah 38:16-17
-Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of this new day. I adore you because of your goodness. Lord help, me and allow the fullness of the operation of the Holy Spirit in my life.
-O Lord, let me count greatness only by your standards and qualifications, and not by my own merits and achievements.
-Holy Spirit of the living God, remain always with me.
-Everything that has made the Holy Spirit to be away from me, depart now in the name of Jesus.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, fill me with your healing power. Let the warmth of your healing love flood my entire being, so that my body will function the way it was created to be, whole and complete, renewed in your perfect health. I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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