Isaiah 53:5 – March 28, 2019

But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed. Isaiah 53:5 NABRE      Isaiah 53 celebrates a suffering servant’s trials and the good effect they produce. The verse opens with four stages: first, it describes the servant’s noble origins and the low esteem in which he is held as a “man of sorrows.” Second, we learn that all this suffering…

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Hebrews 7:25 – February 12, 2012

Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 NABRE      This homily called Hebrews speaks of a new High Priest sent and conferred by God, namely His Son, Jesus Christ. In the temple system of the Old Covenant the priest served as the one to offer sacrifice to God on behalf of the people and to attend to the Ark…

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John 3:17 – December 22, 2018

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17 NABRE      John captures Jesus teaching with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, about eternal life, made available by the cross and into which believers are born by the Spirit’s actions. John now turns to the heart of the Gospel, the famous verse John 3:16 followed by the verse quoted above.…

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Romans 10:10 – November 29, 2018

For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. Romans 10:10 NABRE      Paul writing to the community in Rome discusses the law and righteousness. God made a covenant with the nation of Israel, speaking to them through Moses who established the law. The law creates the template for the people of Israel to follow God and be faithful to Him. God is the one…

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Hebrews 9:28 – November 7, 2018

so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him. Hebrews 9:28 NABRE      The Letter to the Hebrews speaks eloquently of a new High Priest, who is Christ. With the old covenant blood was used to cleanse the sins of the followers of the law. An annual tradition, a Day of Atonement would…

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