Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunday's Message 10/31/10 - He Loves You!

The main message for this week is that God is loving and merciful to us all.  Jesus came to save what was lost.

The 1st reading from the Old Testament is from the Book of Wisdom 11:22 - 12:2
God loves everything He's created!

Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But You have mercy on all, because You can do all things; and You overlook people's sins that they may repent.  For You love all things that are and loathe nothing that You have made; for what You hated, You would not have fashioned.  And how could a thing remain, unless You willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by You?  But You spare all things, because they are Yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for Your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore You rebuke offenders little by little, warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in You, O LORD!

The 2nd reading is from the second letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians 1:11 - 2:2
Let God work His goodness through you....and be wary of false prophets!

Brothers and sisters:
We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.
We ask you, brothers and sisters, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with Him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a "spirit," or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.

The Gospel is from Luke 19:1-10
God hears and answers the prayers of the repentant sinners, instead of those who are filled with pride.

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see Him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.
When He reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house."  And he came down quickly and received Him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.  For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost."

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