John 12:13 – March 25, 2019

they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, [even] the king of Israel.” John 12:13 NABRE In the Gospel of John we read about Jesus entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey like a king. The crowd heard he was coming to Jerusalem and gave him a royal welcome entering the Holy City. The news that He raised Lazarus…

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Philippians 1:6 – February 15, 2019

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community in Philippi, a community to whom he feels very close and is pleased with their progress growing in fellowship. Paul is writing this letter while a prisoner in Rome, yet he speaks of his thanks and joy. He is thinking…

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James 1:2-3 – November 5, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 NABRE      James the author of this letter is one of the most prominent figures in the early church, known as “the brother of the Lord” and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. Despite these credentials James with great humility calls himself “a slave of God.” James begins his letter with…

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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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Proverbs 17:22 – September 4, 2018

A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 NABRE      The proverbs of chapter seventeen are attributed to Solomon, the king who asks for and receives the gift of wisdom from God. The quoted verse makes a connection between a joyful heart and physical health. If your heart is happy your body is happy. The converse is true, an unhappy spirit leads to an unhealthy…

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