The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus answered, The first is "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
This is what he showed me:
The Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line,
with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me,
"Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line."
Then the Lord said:
"See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by ....
Friday, July 09, 2021
Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and Herod protected him. ... When his daughter Herodius came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it."
She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?"
Her mother replied, "The head of John the baptizer."
Thursday, July 08, 2021
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful,
to those who turn to him in their hearts ....
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and
vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him.