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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Proverbs 27:5-6 – September 18, 2018

Better is an open rebuke than a love that remains hidden. Trustworthy are the blows of a friend, dangerous, the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6 NABRE      This Twenty-Seventh Chapter of the Book of Proverbs is attributed to Solomon. It includes many one line verses that could be considered character improvement advice. Do not boast about tomorrow; let others praise; who can stand before jealousy; words to challenge. The verses quoted today advise truthfulness. Better…

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Psalms 16:8 – September 10, 2018

I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Psalms 16:8 NABRE      Psalm 16 is a song proclaimed by someone who puts their trust in God. It opens seeking security and safety from God by someone whose whole life is devoted to God. In Israel there are the faithful and there are those who worship idols, the psalmist trust in the one true God. God is…

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Isaiah 26:4 – September 8, 2018

Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4 NABRE      Isaiah is a major prophet and one most often referenced in the gospel stories; in fact Jesus quotes Isaiah more than any other prophet. The section of the readings which include the quoted verse are hymns of thanksgiving to God for choosing Jerusalem as His place of glory. The first of the two songs praises God saying those who put…

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All Evil Comes from Within.

The three readings from the Lectionary for this Sunday the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8, James 1:17-18 and Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 have a common thread that can be recognized reading them together. In the first reading Moses, the author expresses the laws of God are fair. This was heard at a time when fair was not as in vogue as it is today. The rich had everything, and there was no way for someone poor to…

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