June 30 – Genesis 9  —  SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW

June 30, 2016Daily Reading

“As the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and recall the everlasting covenant that I have established between God and all living beings — all mortal creatures that are on earth.” —Genesis 9:16 God said to Noah what He had said to Adam: “Be fertile and multiply; abound on earth and subdue it” (9:7, see also 9:1; 1:28). Thus the Lord began the new creation after the flood the way He had begun the first creation. God even gave a rainbow to Noah and all creatures as … Read More

June 29 – Genesis 8  —  COME, HOLY SPIRIT

June 29, 2016Daily Reading

“Then God remembered Noah and all the animals, wild and tame, that were with him in the ark.” —Genesis 8:1 As in the first creation (1:1), the wind swept “over the earth. The waters began to subside” (8:1), and Noah sent out a dove to see if the waters had gone down. The Spirit renewed “the face of the earth” (Ps 104:30). Prayer: Lord, send forth Your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. Give us a new Pentecost. Promise: The Lord “said to Himself: ‘Never again will I … Read More

June 28 – Genesis 7  —  “RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY”

June 28, 2016Daily Reading

“The Lord wiped out every living thing on earth: man and cattle, the creeping things and the birds of the air; all were wiped out from the earth. Only Noah and those with him in the ark were left.” — Genesis 7:23 The flood lasted for one year and ten days and destroyed everything but Noah, his family, and a few survivors from each species of animals. All creation groaned and was in agony because of our sins (Rm 8:22). Prayer: Father, may I recognize sin as the first and … Read More

June 27 – Genesis 6  —  SEX, SIN, AND THE FLOOD

June 27, 2016Daily Reading

“He said to Noah: ‘I have decided to put an end to all mortals on earth; the earth is full of lawlessness because of them. So I will destroy them and all life on earth.’ ” —Genesis 6:13 “The sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons” (6:4). “When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, He regretted that He had made man on the earth, and His … Read More

June 24 – Genesis 5  —  LIFE-STYLE AND DEATH-STYLE

June 24, 2016Daily Reading

“When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” —Genesis 5:1 “Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when he begot a son in his likeness, after his image; and he named him Seth.” —Genesis 5:3 Adam’s descendants lived to be almost a thousand years old. Death was not reigning with the vengeance we see today. Nevertheless, death was increasing and life decreasing. This chapter begins with Adam living 930 years; it ends with Lamech dying after 777 years. Prayer: Father, I claim Jesus’ victory over … Read More

June 23 – Genesis 4  —  ESCALATOR

June 23, 2016Daily Reading

“If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” —Genesis 4:24 With sin comes death and a cycle of more sin and more death (Rm 6:23). The first death in the Bible was the murder of Abel by his own brother, Cain. Lamech escalated the conflict, and death began to reign (Rm 5:17). Prayer: Father, through repentance may sin decrease and You increase in my life

June 22 – Genesis 3  —  PARADISE LOST

June 22, 2016Daily Reading

“So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” —Genesis 3:6 Mankind sinned by trying to be a god instead of being in God’s likeness. With sin, we brought into the world death, pain, suffering, lust, shame, and alienation from God. In His mercy, however, God left us a ray of hope by promising us victory over Satan: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; … Read More

June 21 – Genesis 2  —  PARADISE

June 21, 2016Daily Reading

“The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” —Genesis 2:7 The human person is both made in the image of God and formed from the earth. We are spiritual and material, co-creators and created. We are to cultivate God’s creation, and with the Lord even create new life through the gift of marriage and sexuality. Prayer: Father, may I have a profound respect for every detail of Your spiritual and … Read More

June 20 – Genesis 1  —  OUR BEGINNINGS

June 16, 2016Daily Reading

“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.” —Genesis 1:1-2 During the Babylonian exile after the fall of Jerusalem (587 B.C.), the Israelites were shocked that their entire lives had fallen apart. They decided to go all the way back to the beginning, to their roots, that they might understand what had happened to them. In the first chapter of the Bible, they assert that there is meaning … Read More