4 I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and terrible God, who keepest covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances;
6 we have not listened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.7 To thee, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those that are near and those that are far away, in all the lands to which thou hast driven them, because of the treachery which they have committed against thee.
8 To us, O Lord, belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him,10 and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
DANIEL THE PROPHET Offers a confessional intercessory prayer to God whereby he lay before the Lord the sins of the people that manifested in many wicked ways such as; rebeliousness, acts of treachery, being tone deaf to the ordinances and the prophetic words of the servants of God. All these transgressions Daniel place at the feet of God, hoping and desireing that God will be merciful and forgiving to the people.
THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lords teaching lays down the beatitudenal way of life that all believers are called to live. To be a disciple of Christ presuppose that we live a disciplined life, implying that we have a discerning heart and mind. To discern insinuate that we “seperate, sift and distinguish” good from bad, light from darkness and goodness from evil, before we make a response, be it in word or action!
It is evident that our relationship(s) with our fellow brother, sister, colleague, stranger, husband, wife, son or daughter, mother and father will evidence whether our lives are comparable and measure up to the beatitudes taught by Christ Jesus.If this is indeed consistently the case, then Christs benevolent gifts of grace mercy, forgiveness and love will cover and overwhelm us to the extent that we shall escape His condemnation on the last day!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 79:8-9,11,13
8 Do not remember against us the iniquities of our forefathers; let thy compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for thy name’s sake!
11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before thee; according to thy great power preserve those doomed to die.
13 Then we thy people, the flock of thy pasture, will give thanks to thee for ever; from generation to generation we will recount thy praise.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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