Category: Verse for the day

verse for the day

THE PRELUDE TO GLORY

“How awesome are you, Elijah! Whose glory is equal to yours?” –Sirach 48:4 Mass Readings: December 16 First: Sirach 48:1-4,9-11; Resp: Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Gospel: Matthew 17:10-13 Listen to the Mass Readings   The ministry of Elijah preceded the coming of Jesus at His Incarnation, is preceding Christ’s coming this Christmastime, and will precede His final coming at the end of the world. Elijah’s ministry is to re-establish God’s people (Sir 48:10) and to restore all things (Mt 17:11). Consequently, at this time before Christ’s Christmas coming, the following three prophecies of Isaiah are being fulfilled by new Elijahs: “Build up,...

LOOKING LIKE DAD

“What comparison can I use to describe this breed? They are like children…” –Matthew 11:16 Mass Readings: December 15 First: Isaiah 48:17-19; Resp: Psalm 1:1-4,6; Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19 Listen to the Mass Readings We were created in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26-27). That image was marred when we sinned. The purpose of our lives is to be restored to the image of God by imitating Jesus, “the Image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). However, we are so blinded and confused by sin that we are tempted to make everyone and everything (even God) conform to our...

THE ADVENT DESERT

“I will turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.” –Isaiah 41:18 Mass Readings: December 14 First: Isaiah 41:13-20;Resp: Psalm 145:1,9-13;Gospel: Matthew 11:11-15 Listen to the Mass Readings As the Israelites who were in exile in Babylon returned to their homeland through the desert, God promised to fulfill their needs, especially for water. The Israelites considered their task hopeless; they were weak to the point of considering themselves no more than worms or maggots (see Is 41:14). Yet God would do the miracles necessary for them to have an abundant harvest. Thus God promised...

MEEK, NOT WEAK

“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings.” –Isaiah 40:31 Mass Readings: December 13 First: Isaiah 40:25-31; Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,8,10; Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30 Listen to the Mass Readings The Lord is our Strength (Ps 27:1). The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10). In Him Who is the Source of our strength we have strength for everything (Phil 4:13). Samson had incredible physical strength, but spiritually he had weaknesses. If we rely on our own strength, we will falter. However, if we rely on the Lord’s strength, we will...

HELP ME, MOTHER

“Blest is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.” –Luke 1:45 Mass Readings: December 12 First: Zechariah 2:14-17; Resp: Judith 13:18-19; Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Listen to the Mass Readings If we would just obey God’s commandments, Christmas would be fantastic, our prosperity like a river, and our vindication like the waves of the sea (Is 48:18). Our descendants would be as numerous as the grains of sand and our name never cut off (Is 48:19). There’d be no stopping us. The Lord says: “If only My people would hear Me, and Israel walk in My...

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