Matthew 19:26 – February 7, 2018

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NABRE      We read a story of a rich young man who asks Jesus how to obtain eternal life. Jesus replies, keep the commandments. The young man says he observes all the commandments. Jesus tells him to go sell all he has and to come follow him. When the young man hears this he goes…

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Matthew 18:20 – January 7, 2019

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 NABRE      Jesus is teaching His disciples about community and the type of community He is creating. Jesus is establishing a community whose members are gathered around Jesus as brothers and sisters with the same heavenly Father. In this community the members are called to be humble, avoid personal sin and scandalizing others, they seek…

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Matthew 4:4 – December 26, 2018

He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 NABRE      We move quickly from the birth of Jesus to a scene at the beginning of Jesus ministry. He has been baptized by John in the Jordan River and he goes off to the desert to be alone praying and readying Himself for the next three years…

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Matthew 1:21 – December 20, 2018

She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NABRE      The section of the gospel of Matthew that includes the quoted verse is from the point of view of Joseph, who discovered Mary is pregnant and plans to divorce her quietly, so as not to disgrace her. But in a dream an angel appears to Joseph telling him not to be…

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Matthew 6:34 – September 19, 2018

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. Matthew 6:34 NABRE      Matthew captures the good news of Jesus and shares it with a Jewish Christian community. A main component of his gospel is the Sermon on the Mount, included in chapters five, six and seven, with today’s quoted verse in the middle. The verse, ends a section of the gospel which is encouraging us…

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