Category: Memory Verse

THE NAKED TRUTH

“You are the man!” –2 Samuel 12:7 Mass Readings: January 27 First: 2 Samuel 12:1-7,10-17; Resp: Psalm 51:12-17; Gospel: Mark 4:35-41 Listen to the Mass Readings From a distance, David saw the beautiful Bathsheba bathing. Instead of looking away, he looked lustfully at her (2 Sm 11:2). This led to adultery, murder, and the death of an innocent child. If David had not repented after being confronted by Nathan (2 Sm 12:7ff), his lustful looks could have resulted in the destruction of the nation. When Jesus tells us to gouge out our eye rather than look lustfully, He’s doing us...

ONE FOR THE MONEY

“May grace and peace from God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Savior, be with you.” –Titus 1:5 Mass Readings: January 26 First: 2 Samuel 11:1-10,13-17; Resp: Psalm 51:3-7,10-11; Gospel: Mark 4:26-34 Listen to the Mass Readings Many Catholics first get involved with the Church through money – such as helping with various fundraisers. Some Catholics serve as ushers, taking up the collection baskets at Mass. Others count or deposit the collection. Still others serve the Church as accountants, business managers, or on parish finance councils. St. Titus is a good patron saint for these faithful people. One of the...

THE THIRD DAY OF BLINDNESS

“I have been sent by the Lord Jesus Who appeared to you on the way here, to help you recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” –Acts 9:17 Mass Readings: January 25 First: Acts 22:3-16; Resp: Psalm 117:1-2; Gospel: Mark 16:15-18 Listen to the Mass Readings After “a light from the sky suddenly flashed about” Saul (Acts 9:3), he was “unable to see, even though his eyes were open” (Acts 9:8). Many people, even Christians, have open eyes but are blinded spiritually by the god of the present age (2 Cor 4:4). After Ananias “laid his hands...

PUTTING GOD IN A BOX?

“Should you build Me a house to dwell in?” –2 Samuel 7:5 Mass Readings: January 24 First: 2 Samuel 7:4-17; Resp: Psalm 89:4-5,27-30; Gospel: Mark 4:1-20 Listen to the Mass Readings David had the desire to do something great for God. Surely David’s motivation was well-intentioned. Yet God never asked for a house or temple (2 Sm 7:7). Thank God for church buildings, for homes in which Jesus is enthroned as Lord, for business buildings dedicated to the glory of God. Almighty God, however, cannot be contained. When Solomon, David’s son, completed the building of the Temple, Solomon himself recognized...

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS

“David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities.” –2 Samuel 6:12 Mass Readings: January 23 First: 2 Samuel 6:12-15,17-19; Resp: Psalm 24:7-10; Gospel: Mark 3:31-35 Listen to the Mass Readings When David brought the ark of God to Jerusalem, he gave the distinct impression that God was really present at the ark. After every six steps of the procession with the ark, David “sacrificed an ox and a fatling” (2 Sm 6:13). Then David, the king of the nation, put on his dancing clothes and “came dancing...

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