Psalms 119:2 January 10, 2019

Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart. Psalms 119:2 NABRE      Psalm 119 is a long psalm that can be used as a mediation on the Word of God. It opens with wisdom verses similar to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart,…

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 – October 19, 2018

The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this concerns all humankind; Ecclesiastes 12:13 NABRE      Ecclesiastes is a wisdom book, the proverbs and counsels of the book come from a wise man’s experience; are incisive, realistic, loaded with common sense and always useful. The wise man author calls himself Preacher. Some of what is said in the book can be a little disconcerting, due to the thought that some…

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Philippians 4:4 – August 7, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community at Philippi a letter of fellowship. He is nearing the end of the letter and he urges two members of the community to reconcile, reaching out to others to help in this matter. Then he declares rejoicing, not regular rejoicing, but rejoicing in the Lord. There are several places in the letter where Paul encourages…

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