Category: Verse for the day

JESUS IS GOD! JESUS IS GOD! JESUS IS GOD!

“Believe that I AM.” —John 13:19 Jesus told His apostles that one of them would betray Him. Jesus explained His reason for doing this: “I tell you this now, before it takes place, so that when it takes place you may believe that I AM” (Jn 13:19). Jesus is working in our lives so that we will have an ever greater faith in Him as the great I AM, God Himself. It is of supreme importance that we believe in Jesus’ divinity. Jesus bluntly stated: “You will surely die in your sins unless you come to believe that I AM”...

HOME RUN

“Barnabas and Saul…sent forth by the Holy Spirit…set sail from there for Cyprus.” —Acts 13:2, 4 Barnabas was likely the leader for the Church’s first missionary trip, as indicated by the fact that his name came before Saul’s. Of all the possible destinations in a world without the Lord, the Holy Spirit sent Barnabas home, to Cyprus (Acts 13:4). Remember that Barnabas came “from Cyprus” (Acts 4:36). After evangelizing Cyprus, Barnabas and Saul evangelized numerous cities. Thus, with home serving as a launching pad, “the word of the Lord continued to spread and increase” (Acts 12:24). Jesus once delivered a...

“GIVE ME A DRINK” (JN 4:7)

“My soul longs for You, O God. Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.” —Psalm 42:2-3 The homilist at today’s Mass related a story from his visit to Rome. The huge baptistry at the Lateran Basilica features a large statue of a deer, bent toward the Baptismal font, longing for a drink from the waters of Baptism (see Ps 42:2ff). In their own way, the deer, and all God’s creatures, are thirsty for God’s living waters. Jesus is also thirsty. From the cross, He groans: “I am thirsty” (see Jn 19:28). To the Samaritan woman, and to each...

THE MYSTERY OF THE SHEPHERD

“My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” —John 10:27-28 Today is traditionally called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The image of God as a Shepherd is ancient and powerful. People of almost every culture have been and are profoundly inspired and consoled by the image of the Good Shepherd. Millions of people have prayed with all their hearts: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps 23:1). Nevertheless, some cultures look down on shepherds (see Gn 46:34). In fact, the traditional conflict between shepherds and...

THE NECESSITY OF A NEW PENTECOST

“It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.” —John 6:63 At Thursday’s Mass, we heard about the Holy Spirit directing Philip (Acts 8:29). Yesterday, we read about Saul being “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Today, we hear that with “the increased consolation of the Holy Spirit,” the early Church grew in numbers (Acts 9:31). On Monday we will read about the descent of the Holy Spirit on Cornelius and his household (Acts 11:15). The Lord through His Church’s daily Eucharistic readings is making it very clear that we must not quench the Spirit (1 Thes...

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