A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter 2:4-9
Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in Scripture: Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame. Therefore, its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and A stone that will make people stumble, and a rock that will make them fall. They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.
You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
REFLECTION: " like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ".
We are chosen by God and are precious to Him. We are " like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ". We are to get close to Him, the living stone, so we can become spiritual temples. With this in mind, we are to live the Good News in the ordinary circumstances of our life. We cannot have a spiritual life and avoid the cares of the world.
Yes, we are wanting to get to heaven, but we cannot abandon the needs of this earth. When we are doing well, prosperous in our work, happy with our family and in good health, we tend to be happy Catholics. Singing praises to God. However, in trials and tribulations, sickness and even death are we Christlike in our behavior and still continue with praising the Lord? Are we super good on Sunday but the rest of the week, forget God and our neighbor?
Christ gave up His life for all. We are expected to spread the Good News and be immersed in life. We do this with full joy, knowing that we do it with Jesus by our side, leading, guiding and caring for us.
PAPA for Life, praying in front of the abortion clinics, PAPA Joe, sending water filters, food and toiletries to Venezuela, our PAPA warriors Praying for Priests and praying for each other are some of the many things PAPA does in our Pray, Serve and Bless Philosophy.
Keep us in your prayers as we, too, keep you in our prayers.
GOD BLESS YOU