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Where is the truth in America?

 

       He who has ears to hear let him hear! Here is wisdom. The Jewish people who are scattered all over the earth know that Israel is in The Holy Bible & about the Prophecies pertaining to the land of Israel past & present. Now they are returning to Israel as commanded by GOD despite the danger they face everyday! Can we who say we are HIS followers do the same? It would be wise to obey HIM! Now I will make the main point of this writing. Do those who say they are Christians here in America know about the Prophecies past & present pertaining to the U.S.A.? Are they hearing from the Churches in this country that this is Daughter/Mystery Babylon? Do the Jewish people in this country know this is Modern Day Babylon? I have met a whole lot of people that do realize this is Mystery Babylon, however I think they heard it from Christian sites ONLINE & not in most of The Churches in this country & from Christians that heard about it ONLINE! I have never heard about it in any Church in this country & I have been to a lot of them! There are so many clues that this is Babylon. For Example, Revelation CH 17 vs “{15} And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” This would have been 1 of the only clues 100 years ago that this country would eventually turn into Babylon! This is the only country on the Entire Earth with many different tribes, tongues, & nations.

        Why is this going on in The United States of America? Well we can find the answer in Jeremiah CH 50 VS “{6} My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. {7} All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. {8} Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.” Here we are told to flee from Babylon. In order to understand the Chaldean reference to this nation you must read DANIEL CH’s 1 & 2. We can also get more understanding about why this is happening by reading 2nd Thessalonians CH 2 {1} Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, {2} That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. {3} Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; {4} Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. {5} Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? So Paul makes it very clear that a great falling away would take place before Our Lord Jesus Christ returns. Well Ladies & Gentlemen we are in the middle of it! What are you going to do about it? We have to do something & some are. Use wisdom my brethren & get prepared & go to a Church that is telling you the truth. If they are not telling us this is Babylon then something is really way bad wrong!!! Try their spirit as St. John told us to do. Jesus died for our sins on a Cross & paid the highest price ever as a ransom for our souls! HE died for me & I know it with everything in me. It runs through my bones. So if our Church leaders go apostate as sad as it is, Jesus still died for us & Matthew CH 5 says we are Blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness sake. When we are unfaithful HE is still faithful.

         There is an apostasy taking place & if a Church cannot tell me the truth then I will find a Christian Church who will because GOD will lead me there. The time of Babylons taking is near & very little mention about Mystery Babylon from the pulpits of this country!!! We are told to flee from Babylon repeatedly. It would be possible to Unite if people would quit listening to the lying voices & start listening to the truth!!! Sadly if Christians don’t wake up & take heed to the warnings they will be led to the slaughter. Maybe you have seen pictures of the guillotines. Then there is Revelation CH 17 vs “{6} And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” I want to overcome all of this madness don’t you? There is definitely strength in numbers so I ask where are you men of courage? Call back the sinner wake up the Saint Jesus is coming soon!!! Ready yourselves for Tribulation as we have never seen in the history of this nation!!! Our environment is getting more evil & toxic by the day in this country & I refuse to live in filth! I believe this is 1 of the main reasons we are supposed to flee from this land! Yes we are to be a light to those in darkness however, the darkness will be so great in the North American Union that those that want to really live in Christ will be greatly affected by the darkness & destructive to our spirit man. We can only take & tolerate so much & when we are parched & the Living Water fills us back up. We as a Body need to edify each other more often & have more fellowship so we can get stronger & unbreakable bonds can be established eternally & leads the truth will lead us to the unity that GOD desires for us & Jesus is the truth, the way, & the life!!! GOD has an Army way more powerful than all the nations on the Earth its called Heavens Army with many Archangels!!! Jesus is the King of kings & Lord of lords & we are HIS Soldiers & HE does not intend for us to lay down & die in the midst of the battle & martyrdom is a very strong possibility for all of us but if we are martyred then it should be on Gods appointed time & no sooner which is why we should obey HIM! The Israelites were told to flee from Babylon & to go back to Israel but the ones that did not obey were punished severely!!! I want Love & mercy from my Heavenly Father not punishment!

         I think it is time we learn to think as Our Heavenly Father thinks & UNITE in the truth as Jesus said “I & The Father are One.” In other words Jesus was telling us “We are One.” Yes they are. Hallelujah! Are we as the Body of Christ One? Well we can be & it is the truth that will Unite us. Only One way to do that, get back to the truth & seek it with all of your heart. Just read Gospel of John CH 17 KJV version. We would all be in Unity if we all have the same exact version of GODS Holy word as then we have no confusion about the way the text is worded! Now there may be other versions of GODS Word that are uncorrupted or that have not been changed but I know that the KJV version 1611 & the KJV translated in 1970 is uncorrupted & unchanged & Our GOD does not change & neither should HIS Word. The Original Text was written in Hebrew & Greek. So I prefer to keep it simple & so would Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Mark Lewis

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A Warning You Must Read!!!

      The past week has been a rough one on our nation & the violence will increase as The U.N., Eric Holder, & The Obama Administration work their evil plot to bring in The New World Order which is coming upon the whole Earth shortly!  We can now see the seeds of Cival War being planted by these wicked rulers of darkness! ISAIAH CH 19 & Matthew CH 24 give clear evidence of Cival War & it broke out in Egypt in February of 2011 as written in ISAIAH CH 19! No one would ever have believed that our nation would come to this & that we would ever be on the brink of Cival War again but as GODS words says I will make Babylon desolate! HE tells us more than once in HIS word to flee from Babylon so that we not take part in her plagues! We also have a foreign invasion of troops to look forward to such as Iran! The U.S.A was founded with an excellent Constitution, a Republic & a democracy to elect its leaders. Now we are losing our Blessings! It was A “Beacon of Truth” for the whole world to see & we sent many missionaries around the world to preach The True Gospel of JESUS CHRIST which is repentance of sin & sinning no more, feeding the poor, clothing the naked, & taking care of the sick . We can either accept GODS Grace to come out of sin or stay on our own & live in our own sins & die in them just as JESUS said! I choose to come out of sin & accept The Grace, Love, & Mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Major suffering is coming upon this land shortly! Martial Law in full throttle, people being thrown into Concentration F.E.M.A.Camps & told to accept  an R.F.I.D.Chip in their right hand or forehead or die! Do not deny or reject Our LORD JESUS CHRIST if this happens to you or you will be damned & IS THE IMPARDONABLE SIN! You are better off being beheaded & you will live. {See REVELATION CH 20.}  There are camps on The East Coast since Hurricane Sandy & on The Gulf Coast since Hurricane Isaac. The very plan from the beginning of The Department of Homeland Security’s Inception was to take away our freedom in The name of National Security & now its happening right before our eyes & liberalism is infilterating our culture with more wickedness! Has the salt of the earth lost its savor? JESUS said in Matthew CH 5 vs ”  [13] You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. [14] You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.” The apostasy is accelerating & has accelerated tremendously since the election of Barack  Obama in 2008 & the media declared him a Savior! He is no savior & the underworld awaits him! JESUS CHRIST is the One & Only Savior & there are no other gods besides HIM period! Our nation is going pagan & they don’t even know the difference & do not want to know! There are some who want to hear the saving message of Salvation but many have fallen into pagan worship of false idols & men! I am not complaing thats just the truth & it is breaking GODS heart because men love darkness more than light!  We must repent of our sins & get as close to JESUS CHRIST as we possibly can & have a fervor & a zeal for doing HIS will which is the Only way to Heaven for as JESUS said, “He who does the will of my Heavenly Father will enter the Kingdom.” We must seek GOD & be ready to flee from the cities when The LORD no longer guards them! PSALM 127 vs 1 Unless the LORD build the house they labor in vain who build Unless the LORD guard the city in vain does the guard keep watch.!”  I will not stand at my post when my city is no longer guarded by Our LORD JESUS CHRIST!  I say to all of you keep watch & be ready to flee when The LORD no longer guards our city! I believe HE will send HIS Angels to take HIS people out just as HE did Lot & his family as written in GENESIS CH 19. Lots wife looked back & was turned into a pillar of salt so don’t look back! I have been taking a break from The News & it just absolutely disgusts me the way the mainstream media is handling things & what they are keeping from The American people.  Oh & regarding December 21st 2012 its the 1st Day of Winter not the end of the world. May The LORD of HOSTS JESUS CHRIST give you HIS peace.

Mark Lewis

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Faith Hill sings Silent Night

PSALM 91

Psalms Chapter 91 תְּהִלִּים

א  יֹשֵׁב, בְּסֵתֶר עֶלְיוֹן;    בְּצֵל שַׁדַּי, יִתְלוֹנָן. 1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;
ב  אֹמַר–לַיהוָה, מַחְסִי וּמְצוּדָתִי;    אֱלֹהַי, אֶבְטַח-בּוֹ. 2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,
ג  כִּי הוּא יַצִּילְךָ, מִפַּח יָקוּשׁ;    מִדֶּבֶר הַוּוֹת. 3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
ד  בְּאֶבְרָתוֹ, יָסֶךְ לָךְ–וְתַחַת-כְּנָפָיו תֶּחְסֶה;    צִנָּה וְסֹחֵרָה אֲמִתּוֹ. 4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.
ה  לֹא-תִירָא, מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה;    מֵחֵץ, יָעוּף יוֹמָם. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;
ו  מִדֶּבֶר, בָּאֹפֶל יַהֲלֹךְ;    מִקֶּטֶב, יָשׁוּד צָהֳרָיִם. 6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
ז  יִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ, אֶלֶף–וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ:    אֵלֶיךָ, לֹא יִגָּשׁ. 7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.
ח  רַק, בְּעֵינֶיךָ תַבִּיט;    וְשִׁלֻּמַת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.
ט  כִּי-אַתָּה יְהוָה מַחְסִי;    עֶלְיוֹן, שַׂמְתָּ מְעוֹנֶךָ. 9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.
י  לֹא-תְאֻנֶּה אֵלֶיךָ רָעָה;    וְנֶגַע, לֹא-יִקְרַב בְּאָהֳלֶךָ. 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
יא  כִּי מַלְאָכָיו, יְצַוֶּה-לָּךְ;    לִשְׁמָרְךָ, בְּכָל-דְּרָכֶיךָ. 11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
יב  עַל-כַּפַּיִם יִשָּׂאוּנְךָ:    פֶּן-תִּגֹּף בָּאֶבֶן רַגְלֶךָ. 12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
יג  עַל-שַׁחַל וָפֶתֶן, תִּדְרֹךְ;    תִּרְמֹס כְּפִיר וְתַנִּין. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.
יד  כִּי בִי חָשַׁק, וַאֲפַלְּטֵהוּ;    אֲשַׂגְּבֵהוּ, כִּי-יָדַע שְׁמִי. 14 ‘Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
טו  יִקְרָאֵנִי, וְאֶעֱנֵהוּ–עִמּוֹ-אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה;    אֲחַלְּצֵהוּ, וַאֲכַבְּדֵהוּ. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.
טז  אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ;    וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.’ {P}

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DAILY SCRIPTURES

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Lectionary: 446/ 639

Reading 1 1 Tm 4:12-16

Beloved:
Let no one have contempt for your youth,
but set an example for those who believe,
in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
Until I arrive, attend to the reading, exhortation, and teaching.
Do not neglect the gift you have,
which was conferred on you through the prophetic word
with the imposition of hands by the presbyterate.
Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them,
so that your progress may be evident to everyone.
Attend to yourself and to your teaching;
persevere in both tasks,
for by doing so you will save
both yourself and those who listen to you.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 111:7-8, 9, 10

R. (2) How great are the works of the Lord!
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
prudent are all who live by it.
His praise endures forever.
R. How great are the works of the Lord!

Gospel Jn 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Or Lk 2:33-35

Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

PSALM 87

Psalms Chapter 87 תְּהִלִּים

א  לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח, מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר:    יְסוּדָתוֹ, בְּהַרְרֵי-קֹדֶשׁ. 1 A Psalm of the sons of Korah; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
ב  אֹהֵב יְהוָה, שַׁעֲרֵי צִיּוֹן–    מִכֹּל, מִשְׁכְּנוֹת יַעֲקֹב. 2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
ג  נִכְבָּדוֹת, מְדֻבָּר בָּךְ–    עִיר הָאֱלֹהִים סֶלָה. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah
ד  אַזְכִּיר, רַהַב וּבָבֶל–    לְיֹדְעָי:
הִנֵּה פְלֶשֶׁת וְצֹר עִם-כּוּשׁ;    זֶה, יֻלַּד-שָׁם.
4 ‘I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon as among them that know Me; {N}
behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this one was born there.’
ה  וּלְצִיּוֹן, יֵאָמַר–    אִישׁ וְאִישׁ, יֻלַּד-בָּהּ;
וְהוּא יְכוֹנְנֶהָ    עֶלְיוֹן.
5 But of Zion it shall be said: ‘This man and that was born in her; {N}
and the Most High Himself doth establish her.’
ו  יְהוָה–יִסְפֹּר, בִּכְתוֹב עַמִּים:    זֶה יֻלַּד-שָׁם סֶלָה. 6 The LORD shall count in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born there.’ Selah
ז  וְשָׁרִים כְּחֹלְלִים–    כָּל-מַעְיָנַי בָּךְ. 7 And whether they sing or dance, all my thoughts are in thee. {P}

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Boy Tells People About Friend in Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjvJ260EIsQ

Matthew 10 vs 28

“And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

http://drbo.org/cgi-bin/s?q=HELL&b=drb&t=2

A PRAYER FOR ISRAEL PSALM 83

A PRAYER FOR THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL

Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים

א  שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף. 1 A Song, a Psalm of Asaph.
ב  אֱלֹהִים אַל-דֳּמִי-לָךְ;    אַל-תֶּחֱרַשׁ וְאַל-תִּשְׁקֹט אֵל. 2 O God, keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.
ג  כִּי-הִנֵּה אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יֶהֱמָיוּן;    וּמְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, נָשְׂאוּ רֹאשׁ. 3 For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head.
ד  עַל-עַמְּךָ, יַעֲרִימוּ סוֹד;    וְיִתְיָעֲצוּ, עַל-צְפוּנֶיךָ. 4 They hold crafty converse against Thy people, and take counsel against Thy treasured ones.
ה  אָמְרוּ–לְכוּ, וְנַכְחִידֵם מִגּוֹי;    וְלֹא-יִזָּכֵר שֵׁם-יִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד. 5 They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’
ו  כִּי נוֹעֲצוּ לֵב יַחְדָּו;    עָלֶיךָ, בְּרִית יִכְרֹתוּ. 6 For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant;
ז  אָהֳלֵי אֱדוֹם, וְיִשְׁמְעֵאלִים;    מוֹאָב וְהַגְרִים. 7 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;
ח  גְּבָל וְעַמּוֹן, וַעֲמָלֵק;    פְּלֶשֶׁת, עִם-יֹשְׁבֵי צוֹר. 8 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
ט  גַּם-אַשּׁוּר, נִלְוָה עִמָּם;    הָיוּ זְרוֹעַ לִבְנֵי-לוֹט סֶלָה. 9 Assyria also is joined with them; they have been an arm to the children of Lot. Selah
י  עֲשֵׂה-לָהֶם כְּמִדְיָן;    כְּסִיסְרָא כְיָבִין, בְּנַחַל קִישׁוֹן. 10 Do Thou unto them as unto Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook Kishon;
יא  נִשְׁמְדוּ בְעֵין-דֹּאר;    הָיוּ דֹּמֶן, לָאֲדָמָה. 11 Who were destroyed at En-dor; they became as dung for the earth.
יב  שִׁיתֵמוֹ נְדִיבֵימוֹ, כְּעֹרֵב וְכִזְאֵב;    וּכְזֶבַח וּכְצַלְמֻנָּע, כָּל-נְסִיכֵימוֹ. 12 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and like Zebah and Zalmunna all their princes;
יג  אֲשֶׁר אָמְרוּ, נִירְשָׁה לָּנוּ–    אֵת, נְאוֹת אֱלֹהִים. 13 Who said: ‘Let us take to ourselves in possession the habitations of God.’
יד  אֱלֹהַי, שִׁיתֵמוֹ כַגַּלְגַּל;    כְּקַשׁ, לִפְנֵי-רוּחַ. 14 O my God, make them like the whirling dust; as stubble before the wind.
טו  כְּאֵשׁ תִּבְעַר-יָעַר;    וּכְלֶהָבָה, תְּלַהֵט הָרִים. 15 As the fire that burneth the forest, and as the flame that setteth the mountains ablaze;
טז  כֵּן, תִּרְדְּפֵם בְּסַעֲרֶךָ;    וּבְסוּפָתְךָ תְבַהֲלֵם. 16 So pursue them with Thy tempest, and affright them with Thy storm.
יז  מַלֵּא פְנֵיהֶם קָלוֹן;    וִיבַקְשׁוּ שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה. 17 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek Thy name, O LORD.
יח  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִבָּהֲלוּ עֲדֵי-עַד;    וְיַחְפְּרוּ וְיֹאבֵדוּ. 18 Let them be ashamed and affrighted for ever; yea, let them be abashed and perish;
יט  וְיֵדְעוּ–    כִּי-אַתָּה שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה לְבַדֶּךָ:
עֶלְיוֹן,    עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ.
19 That they may know that it is Thou alone whose name is the LORD, {N}
the Most High over all the earth. {P}

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DAILY SCRIPTURES

Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 444

Reading 1 1 Tm 3:1-13

Beloved, this saying is trustworthy:
whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.
Therefore, a bishop must be irreproachable,
married only once, temperate, self-controlled,
decent, hospitable, able to teach,
not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle,
not contentious, not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well,
keeping his children under control with perfect dignity;
for if a man does not know how to manage his own household,
how can he take care of the Church of God?
He should not be a recent convert,
so that he may not become conceited
and thus incur the Devil’s punishment.
He must also have a good reputation among outsiders,
so that he may not fall into disgrace, the Devil’s trap.Similarly, deacons must be dignified, not deceitful,
not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain,
holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Moreover, they should be tested first;
then, if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons.
Women, similarly, should be dignified, not slanderers,
but temperate and faithful in everything.
Deacons may be married only once
and must manage their children and their households well.
Thus those who serve well as deacons gain good standing
and much confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6

R. (2) I will walk with blameless heart.
Of mercy and judgment I will sing;
to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will persevere in the way of integrity;
when will you come to me?
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
I will walk with blameless heart,
within my house;
I will not set before my eyes
any base thing.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
him will I destroy.
The man of haughty eyes and puffed up heart
I will not endure.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.
My eyes are upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me.
He who walks in the way of integrity
shall be in my service.
R. I will walk with blameless heart.

Gospel Lk 7:11-17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He stepped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

DAILY SCRIPTURES

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 130

Reading 1 Sir 27:30-28:7

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8) The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Reading 2 Rom 14:7-9

Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Gospel Mt 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”