1 John 2:15-16 – December 3, 2018

Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16 NABRE      In the letter of John to the community we have heard John speaking about love, the love of God,…

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Hebrews 13:5 – January 2, 2019

Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NABRE      In the last chapter of the letter to the Hebrews some practical advice is offered, instructions on life in the Christian community. As the chapter opens it encourages us to never forget hospitality, brotherly love, and solidarity with those who are ill-treated and prisoners.…

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Isaiah 43:19 – January 1, 2019

See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. Isaiah 43:19 NABRE      Isaiah prophesizes the return of those dispersed and taken captive to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by King Nebuchadnezzar. God is promising them they will be a new kind of exodus, not like their forefathers who spent years in the desert after…

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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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