Saturday, 16 August 2008

Bible Readings of the day (Memorial of Saint Stephen I of Hungary)

Here are the readings for today Sat 16 Aug:

Ezekiel 18: 1-10, 13, 30-32
The word of the Lord came to me: "What do you mean by quoting this proverb concerning the land of Israel,
‘The fathers eat sour grapes
And the children’s teeth become numb?’"
"As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, you will not quote this proverb in Israel anymore! Indeed! All lives are mine – the life of the father as well as the life of the son is mine. The one who sins will die."
"Suppose a man is righteous. He practices what is just and right, does not eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains or pray to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not have sexual relations with a woman during her period, does not oppress anyone, but gives the debtor back whatever was given in pledge, does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and clothes the naked, does not engage in usury or charge interest, but refrains from wrongdoing, promotes true justice between men, and follows my statutes and observes my regulations by carrying them out. That man is righteous; he will certainly live," declares the sovereign Lord.
"Suppose such a man has a violent son who sheds blood and does any of these things mentioned previously. Will he live? He will not! Because he has done all these abominable deeds he will certainly die. He will bear the responsibility for his own death."
"Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, O house of Israel," declares the sovereign Lord. "Repent and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity. Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why should you die, O house of Israel? For I take no delight in the death of anyone," declares the sovereign Lord. "Repent and live!"

Matthew 19: 13-15
Then little children were brought to him for him to lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” And he placed his hands on them and went on his way.

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