Romans 12:21 – October 30, 2018

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. Romans 12:21 NABRE       Paul is writing to the followers of Jesus in Rome ahead of a visit he is planning. The letter is about sin and salvation, the work of the triune God to raise the family of Adam from the bondage of sin. The letter speaks of God’s grace and love redeeming a world undeserving of His mercy. Chapter twelve has Paul sharing…

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Psalms 73:26 – September 14, 2018

Though my flesh and my heart fail, God is the rock of my heart, my portion forever. Psalms 73:26 NABRE      Psalm 73 begins with the psalmist looking at the prosperity of the wicked and wondering if that is the course to be followed. It seems evil doers have lives that make others envious, they appear to be respected and live in ease. The temptation to be like them is strong. The psalmist wonders if his…

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All Evil Comes from Within.

The three readings from the Lectionary for this Sunday the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8, James 1:17-18 and Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 have a common thread that can be recognized reading them together. In the first reading Moses, the author expresses the laws of God are fair. This was heard at a time when fair was not as in vogue as it is today. The rich had everything, and there was no way for someone poor to…

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Is There Evil? A story of Crunches Grocery Store

God’s presence and authenticity is challenged by several different groups and many individuals. Yet, if we accept God we accept and recognize Evil, because God’s book tells us there is evil. One passage on evil is from Psalm 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (23:4 ESV)  Another often spoken verse…

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