Hebrews 11:1 – November 10, 2018

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews is considered more a homily to be spoken than a letter written and read to the community, its style is more for preaching. Chapter eleven begins a new section of the letter which addresses faith and endurance. It begins as we read in the quoted verse defining faith. Faith is the realization…

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Psalms 42:11 – November 1, 2018

It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me, when they say to me every day: “Where is your God?” Psalms 42:11‬ NABRE‬‬      Psalm 42 seems to come from a priest longing to be back in the temple with God. It opens with a line of vitality, “As the deer longs for the streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God.” God is needed as much as water for life. The psalm…

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Hebrews 10:23 – October 16, 2018

Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. Hebrews 10:23 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews declares Christ as our High Priest and that He once and for all sacrificed for our salvation. No other sacrifice is ever needed. In the section of the letter that includes the quoted verse the author is encouraging us to approach God. In the past we needed a…

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Jude 1:20-21 – October 15 2018

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 NABRE      Jude is known as a brother of Jesus. He is writing to a Christian community in Palestine. There have been intruders into the community who are teaching contrary to the faith and Jude is…

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1 Peter 1:3 – September 27, 2018

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 NABRE      Peter is writing to Christian communities in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Peter tells them they have great joy as followers of Jesus and great suffering as followers of Jesus. The verse quoted is a standard form…

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