This blog follows the daily bible readings of the Catholic Church
Reading 1, 1 Peter 1:10-16
10 This salvation was the subject of the search and investigation of the prophets who spoke of the grace you were to receive, 11 searching out the time and circumstances for which the Spirit of Christ, bearing witness in them, was revealing the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow them. 12 It was revealed to them that it was for your sake and not their own that they were acting as servants delivering the message which has now been announced to you by those who preached to you the gospel through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even the angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.
13 Your minds, then, must be sober and ready for action; put all your hope in the grace brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 Do not allow yourselves to be shaped by the passions of your old ignorance, 15 but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us, 16 since scripture says, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’
The writer of this letter (not the Apostle Peter) sets out a view of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
1. Their theme is salvation, that is, the rescue of humanity by God
2. The Spirit of the Messiah was in them.
3. Their message concerned the sufferings and the glory of the Messiah
4. They knew that they were working for a distant age.
The writer says that even the angels were not fully informed of God’s secret plan which has come to fruition in Jesus. As inheritors of such grace, disciples must live holy lives. The command to be holy is based on the gift of grace and the holiness of the giver.
Gospel, Mark 10:28-31
28 Peter took this up. ‘Look,’ he said to him, ‘we have left everything and followed you.’
29 Jesus said, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel 30 who will not receive a hundred times as much, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land — and persecutions too — now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.
31 Many who are first will be last, and the last, first.’
The new community of Jesus disciples will reward faithful people by the shared life they enjoy: in the church we all find new families. This is true and not to be underestimated. Jesus tells us that there’ll probably be some persecution, as well. The potential of churches to provide reliable friendship and support ought to be one of its main appeals. There are signs that non-members are beginning to see this. The impression that church members are at each other’s throats 90% of the timeis completely false. It’s 89%.