Daily Prayer & Reading March 15
March 15, 2019
Being a follower of Jesus today means to go against the grain of a culture that focuses on wealth, success, competition and gratification. To do this is to invite suspicion, ridicule, even persecution. We are called to be brave like the women of Jerusalem in witnessing to the values Jesus taught and lived.
God our Father, keep us faithful to You at all times. Give us the courage to witness to Your presence in the world, even when we must look and act different to do so. Amen.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”