St. Jude’s First Universal Letter 1:11-25

Now they are in for real trouble. They have followed Cain’s example and have made the same mistake that Balaam did by caring only for money. They have also rebelled against God, just as Korah did. Because of all this, they will be destroyed.

These people are filthy minded, and by their shameful and selfish actions they spoil the meals you eat together. They are like clouds blown along by the wind, but never bringing any rain. They are like leafless trees, uprooted and dead, and unable to produce fruit.

Their shameful deeds show up like foam on wild ocean waves. They are like wandering stars forever doomed to the darkest pits of hell.

Enoch was the seventh person after Adam, and he was talking about these people when he said: Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of holy angels

to judge everyone. He will punish all those ungodly people for all the evil things they have done. The Lord will surely punish those ungodly sinners for every evil thing they have ever said about him.

These people grumble and complain and live by their own selfish desires. They brag about themselves and flatter others to get what they want.

My dear friends, remember the warning you were given by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

They told you that near the end of time, selfish and godless people would start making fun of God.

And now these people are already making you turn against each other. They think only about this life, and they don’t have God’s Spirit.

Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray.

And keep in step with God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to show how kind he is by giving you eternal life.

Be helpful to all who may have doubts.

Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.

Offer praise to God our Savior because of our Lord Jesus Christ! Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forevermore, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen.

 

Would you agree that it is difficult to read the stories in the news or watch them on television or hand held device and not see a connection between situations of today and Saint Jude’s Letter?

Say this prayer or one of your own;

Lord Jesus Christ,

grant me the gift of understanding.

Help me to understand the feelings of others,

the desires of others,

the goals of others.

At the same time,

help me to understand myself

in my actions and reactions.

Widen my vision beyond my own small world

to embrace with knowledge and love the worlds of others.

 

Help me, Lord, to always see you at work in my own life

and in the lives of others.

Bless me with insight,

acceptance and love

that is tempered by you

who are all things to all men.

Help me to understand, Lord.

 

Amen.

 

As always;

Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the suffering; honor everyone; love and serve God; rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!

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