We are children of an all-powerful God. Every father is concerned about the needs of his children, and it is the same with God. Out of love, He readily gives us His power to overcome sin. Let us be faithful to use it and not abuse the gifts He gives us. We punish ourselves when we abuse God’s goodness. He does not punish us but allows us to experience the consequences of our actions.
15 Brothers and sisters: Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, 16 I do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. 18 May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, 20 which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, 21 far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the Church, 23 which is his Body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
Psalm 8:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
2 O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth! You have exalted your majesty above the heavens. 3 Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings you have fashioned praise because of your foes. (R) 4 When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place,5 what is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? (R) 6 You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. 7 You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet. (R)
We have responsibilities as disciples of Jesus. It is the same with our friendships and commitments—we must contribute to them. Jesus expects us to live with integrity and open up our faith to others. Let us be ready to stand firm in its teachings even if others ridicule them.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord, and you also will testify.
8 Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. 10 “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”