Romans 10:17 – August 6, 2018

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 NABRE      Romans is Paul reaching out to a community he has not founded or visited. Therefore it is more general than other letters and has a deep spiritual and theological flavor. In chapter ten Paul is speaking about a lack of commitment of the Hebrew people in coming to the gospel of Jesus. Paul has seen…

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John 15:13 – August 5, 2018

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 NABRE      The heart of Jesus moral teaching is simply; “to love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Jesus loves His disciples with a total self-giving. Jesus love is most evident when He is on the cross laying down His life for the salvation of all. This act shows perfect love and perfect obedience. This quoted…

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Philippians 4:19 – August 4, 2018

My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NABRE      Paul is closing out his letter to the Philippians with many lines of thanks and blessing. He recalls that the community at Philippi had sent him something for his needs, and they were the only ones. He uses his thanks to say he was thankful for the gift, although he knew he could be self-sufficient in…

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Philippians 3:13-14 – August 3, 2018

Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NABRE      The Letter to the Philippians is intended to encourage the small community at Philippi to stand fast as a community united in Christ, a work-in-progress of God the Father.…

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Hebrews 12:14 – August 2, 2018

Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews is called a letter, but in many places reads like a homily to be heard. It is rich and captures many themes. It opens informing that in the past God spoke through prophets and ancestors but now God speaks through His Son. Chapter twelve presents life as an endurance race,…

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