Psalms 23:4 – February 18, 2019

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NABRE      Psalm 23 proclaims the nearness of God. The psalm speaks of the Lord as a shepherd. A role that would be easily understood at the time and became even more meaningful when Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11) The psalm’s…

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John 10:10 – February 9, 2019

A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10 NABRE      In the Gospel of John chapter ten, Jesus gives an illustration that every listener would understand. There is a sheepfold where the sheep stay at night, penned in except for a gate, where the gatekeeper lays to protect the sheep. Shepherds bring their sheep, they rest for the night…

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Luke 2:13-14 – December 24, 2018

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 NABRE      Luke is telling the story of the birth of Jesus, explaining how Joseph and Mary must travel to Bethlehem for a census and stay with the animals where Jesus is born. To announce this great event an angel…

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Psalms 23:1-3 – August 20, 2018

The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Psalms 23:1-3 NABRE      This psalm proclaims the nearness of God. The psalm is built around two images, the LORD as shepherd and the LORD as host. It is one of the most beautiful prayers in…

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