1 Corinthians 14:1 – January 20, 2019

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 1 Corinthians 14:1 NABRE      Paul’s famous passage read at more weddings than any other passage is describing what it means to love. There are several options to say love in Greek, Paul uses the word which is the most intimate, most benevolent, the most disinterested love. This love is a love for the…

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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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2 Corinthians 5:17 – December 31, 2018

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NABRE      Paul writes this second letter to the community at Corinth to defend himself against some accusations and to reestablish his relationship with the community. Paul in the first half of the letter discusses his apostleship and what he sees as his role in ministry. In the section of the letter with…

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1 John 4:5 – December 30, 2018

Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. 1 John 4:5 NABRE      John in a letter to his community tells us that love comes from God and although we have never seen God, knowing Jesus we know God. From Jesus we learn about love and when Jesus returns to His Father love is what He leaves behind to help us reveal God to one another, Father…

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Luke 6:25 – December 29, 2018

But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35 NABRE      Luke is writing about Jesus’ teaching. Jesus has taken His disciples aside and speaks to them as their teacher. He teaches about what will make then happy. Then he begins to…

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