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Let Your Way of Life Inspire (1 Pet. 1:18-25)

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  • Reading I: 1 Peter 1:18-25
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 147
  • Gospel Reading: Mark 10:32-45

One of the key ideas in 1 Peter regards the behavior of Christians in this their earthly pilgrimage. One can trace this key idea by going through the words for "behavior", "conduct". One finds these in the following verses:

  • 1 Peter 1:15-18
  • 1 Peter 2:12
  • 1 Peter 3:1-2
  • 1 Peter 3:16

Christians invoke God as their Father, so they should be holy in their conduct (1:15) and no longer live according to the futile life-style handed down to them by their ancestors (1:18). Instead they should conduct themselves in holiness during their days of sojourning.

Among the nations, their conduct should be beautiful so that those who speak ill of them may be led to glorify God in the end (2:12). This idea is similar to what the Lord said: "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). This way, even pagan husbands would be enriched by the faith of their chaste Christian wives (3:1-2). Finally, whenever Christians are calumniated and spoken ill of, they should respond with meekness, reverence, a good conscience and the good customs they have received from the Lord (read: "good conduct in Christ", 3:16)

Articles

For a discussion of the first reading, check out the following article:

Our Christian Response (1 Peter 1:13-25)

For a reading guide on the Gospel text, see this article from AgustinongPinoy.

1 Peter 1:18-25
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18Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled,
20Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,
21Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him up from the dead, and hath given him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.
22Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:
23Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God who liveth and remaineth for ever.
24For all flesh is as grass; and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.
25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel hath been preached unto you.
Mark 10:32-45
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32And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem: and Jesus went before them, and they were astonished; and following were afraid. And taking again the twelve, he began to tell them the things that should befall him.
33Saying: Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the scribes and ancients, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles.
34And they shall mock him, and spit on him, and scourge him, and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
35And James and John the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying: Master, we desire that whatsoever we shall ask, thou wouldst do it for us:
36But he said to them: What would you that I should do for you?
37And they said: Grant to us, that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
38And Jesus said to them: You know not what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I drink of: or be baptized with the baptism wherewith I am baptized?
39But they said to him: We can. And Jesus saith to them: You shall indeed drink of the chalice that I drink of: and with the baptism wherewith I am baptized, you shall be baptized.
40But to sit on my right hand, or on my left, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared.
41And the ten hearing it, began to be much displeased at James and John.
42But Jesus calling them, saith to them: You know that they who seem to rule over the Gentiles, lord it over them: and their princes have power over them.
43But it is not so among you: but whosoever will be greater, shall be your minister.
44And whosoever will be first among you, shall be the servant of all.
45For the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.
1 Peter 1:15-18
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15But according to him that hath called you, who is holy, be you also in all manner of conversation holy:
16Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.
17And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here.
18Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
1 Peter 2:12
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12Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works, which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 3:1-2
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1In like manner also let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conversation of the wives.
2Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
1 Peter 3:16
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16But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1 Peter 1:13-25
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13Wherefore having the loins of your mind girt up, being sober, trust perfectly in the grace which is offered you in the revelation of Jesus Christ,
14As children of obedience, not fashioned according to the former desires of your ignorance:
15But according to him that hath called you, who is holy, be you also in all manner of conversation holy:
16Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.
17And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here.
18Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled,
20Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,
21Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him up from the dead, and hath given him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.
22Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:
23Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God who liveth and remaineth for ever.
24For all flesh is as grass; and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.
25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel hath been preached unto you.

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