Category: Memory Verse

LOVE TO OBEY; OBEY TO LOVE

“Whoever keeps His word, truly has the love of God been made perfect in him.” –1 John 2:5 Out of love and obedience, Mary and Joseph kept God’s commandments. The commandments required purification of the mother after childbirth and circumcision of the male child on the eighth day after birth (Lk 2:23; Lv 12:8; Ex 13:2). Mary and Joseph could have perhaps been tempted to feel that the special circumstances of the birth of their special Child placed them above the law. After all, many in positions of power have considered themselves above the law throughout human history. However, Mary...

RECOVER YOUR INNOCENCE

“I am writing this to keep you from sin.” –1 John 2:1 Jesus Christ became man to overcome the bondage and death due to sin. In Jesus, we are no longer doomed to be subject to the tyranny of the world, the flesh, and the devil (1 Jn 2:16). Jesus has come to declare the victory of innocence over evil, of the Spirit over the flesh. It seems as if innocence once lost is impossible to be restored. Today’s feast of the Holy Innocents celebrates not the massacre of innocent babies by King Herod, but rather the victory of that...

SHOCKED BY INFINITE LOVE

“She ran off to Simon Peter and the other disciple (the one Jesus loved).” –John 20:2 On this third day of Christmas, the Lord through His Church brings to our attention St. John, who has been customarily identified as the beloved disciple. The beloved disciple is nameless in John’s Gospel, possibly to indicate that all Jesus’ followers are beloved disciples. When we realize that the Lord loves us personally, perfectly, infinitely, and unconditionally, we are: deeply rooted and securely grounded (Eph 3:17), affirmed and fulfilled, freed from fear (1 Jn 4:18), able to give this great love which we have...

THE RELATIONSHIP

“I see an opening in the sky, and the Son of Man standing at God’s right hand.” –Acts 7:56 Mass Readings: December 26 First: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Resp: Psalm 31:3-4,6,8,17; Gospel: Matthew 10:17-22 Listen to the Mass Readings When a baby is born, he can be held, seen, heard, touched, and kissed. We celebrate a birth because after a baby is born we can enter into a new dimension of personal relationship with that baby. We likewise celebrate the birth of Jesus because His birth made it possible for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and us to become...

UNPREDICTABLE

“In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1 The Bible is the most unpredictable book ever written. The first words from God’s Word for the Christmas Day Mass are: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him Who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation” (Is 52:7). When everyone else is thinking about gaudy extravagance, God is talking about beautiful feet. These feet are beautiful because they bring the good news of peace (Is 52:7). After centuries of chaos, we can finally have shalom-peace,...

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