John 14:21 – March 16, 2019

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. John 14:21 NABRE      John has captured Jesus farewell discourse to His followers. His departing words are concerned with the disciples’ life after the Resurrection and Ascension. Jesus’ final testament has many standard features; announcement of His departure, words of consolation, final instructions,…

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Galatians 5:22-23 – March 14, 2019

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NABRE      Paul writing to the Galatians informs them about the Spirit. He compares the flesh with the gifts of the Spirit. The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. The works of the flesh are immorality, jealousy, anger, selfishness,…

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Romans 8:1-2 – March 9, 2019

Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 NABRE      Paul in the letter to the Romans speaks on many subjects as this is a letter of introduction. He plans to travel to Rome and meet the community but first sends this letter of greeting sharing his teaching…

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Psalms 143:10 – February 16, 2019

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level. Psalms 143:10 NABRE      Psalm 143 is about asking for mercy and help. The psalm begins with the psalmist asking the Lord to listen to him and then he explains his predicament. The psalm continues where the psalmist asks God to please respond, to rid him of his enemies and for God to make…

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1 John 4:1 – January 12, 2019

Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 NABRE      John is telling the community that there are two kinds of spirits. There is the Holy Spirit who comes from God. The Spirit of God will testify to God, will bring you faith in Jesus, will remind you of why you are faithful follower.…

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