THE GOOD THINGS GOD CHOOSES TO GIVE MAN
There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink
and provide themselves with good things from their toil.
Even this, I saw, is from the hand of God.
For who can eat or drink apart from God?
Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) 2
Two things I ask of you,
deny them not to me before I die:
Put falsehood and lying far from me,
give me neither poverty nor riches;
provide me only with the food I need;
Lest, being full, I deny you,
saying, “Who is the LORD?”
Or, being in want, I steal,
and profane the name of my God
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
This is how Jesus described his mother.
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”
I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
SAINT MATTHEW — APOSTLE & EVANGELIST
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
In the Gospel Jesus, speaking of the woman to bathed his feet with her tears
and dried them with her hair, told where her love came from.
So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven;
hence, she has shown great love.
She showed great love because God had first shown her his love and mercy.
Forgiveness brings forth love.
BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE…
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
ONE BODY, ONE SPIRIT
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.