Category: Memory Verse

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

“You must put that aside now…put aside your old self with its past deeds and put on a new man, one who grows in knowledge as he is formed anew in the image of his Creator.” –Colossians 3:8, 9-10 Mass Readings: September 13 First: Colossians 3:1-11; Resp: Psalm 145:2-3,10-13;Gospel: Luke 6:20-26 Listen to the Mass Readings Today’s Eucharistic readings address two opposite ways of life. St. Paul calls these two ways the “old self” and the “new self” (see Col 3:9-10). The old self is our life without Jesus, ruled by the world, the flesh, and the devil (see 1...

THE TWELVE

“At daybreak He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles.” –Luke 6:13 Mass Readings: September 12 First: Galatians 4:4-7; Resp: Luke 1:46-55; Gospel: Luke 1:39-57 Listen to the Mass Readings Jesus chose twelve apostles, in whom He invested the last three years of His life. We, as followers of Jesus, are also called to invest our lives in not just a nuclear family or a circle of friends, but in a small Christian community. By virtue of our Baptisms, we are called toA live as brothers and sisters in Christ. We should be brothers and...

LIFE TO THE FULL

“We admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ.” –Colossians 1:28 Jesus came that we “might have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). Today’s first reading reveals the fullness Jesus wants us to have: full sufferings. We “fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ” in our own flesh (Col 1:24) for the good of others, the fullness of God’s Word (Col 1:25), full glory – beyond price (Col 1:27), full revelation (Col 1:26) of what was once a mystery but is now...

WARNING SIGNS

“You shall warn them for Me.” –Ezekiel 33:7 Millions of parents are killing their newly-conceived children by the “pill,” Depo-provera, Norplant, and other abortifacient methods. If we don’t speak out to dissuade these people from sinning and killing, we will be partially responsible for their deaths, meaning their deaths due to sin, which is ultimately damnation (see Ez 33:8). Each of us probably know people who are racially prejudiced, taking advantage of others in their business, committing sexual sins, being unforgiving to their enemies, or committing other sins. If we do not warn these people and call them to repent,...

JESUS

“But now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you.” –Colossians 1:22 Mass Readings: September 9 First: Colossians 1:21-23; Resp: Psalm 54:3-4,6,8; Gospel: Luke 6:1-5 Listen to the Mass Readings Without Jesus, we would die doomed to alienation from God, other people, the world, and ourselves (Col 1:21). Without Jesus, we would nourish hostility in our hearts (Col 1:21). “We went our way in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another” (Ti 3:3). We were dead because of our sins (Eph 2:1). We “gave allegiance to the present age and to the prince of the air, that spirit who is...

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