05 DEC 2013, Thursday Bible Reading

First Reading :Isaiah 26:1-6
A Song of Praise to God
1 At that time people will sing this song in Judah: We have a strong city with strong walls and defenses. But the Lord gives us our salvation.
2 Open the gates for the good people to enter. They are the God’s faithful followers.
3 Lord, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you.
4 So trust the Lord always, because in the Lord Yahd you have a place of safety forever.
5 But he will destroy the proud city and punish those who live there. He will throw that high city down to the ground. It will fall into the dust.
6 Then poor and humble people will walk on those ruins.
Psalm :Psalm 118:1,8-9,19-21,25-27
Praise the Lord!
1 Praise the Lord because he is good! His faithful love will last forever!
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in people.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in great leaders.
19 Gates of goodness, open for me, and I will come in and worship the Lord.
20 Those are the Lord’s gates, and only good people can go through them.
21 Lord, I thank you for answering my prayer. I thank you for saving me.
25 {The people say,} “Praise the Lord! The Lord saved us!
26 Welcome to the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” {The priests answer,} “We welcome you to the Lord’s house!
27 The Lord is God, and he accepts us. Tie up the lamb for the sacrifice* and carry it to the horns of the altar.*”
Gospel : Mathew 7:21,24-27
21 “Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God’s kingdom.* The only people who will enter are those who do what my Father in heaven wants
Two Kinds of People
(Lk. 6:47‑49)
24 “Whoever hears these teachings of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
25 It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on rock.
26 “Whoever hears these teachings of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. And it fell with a loud crash.”
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