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Our Daily Bread Meditation for May 17, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“Greet Prisca and Aquila.” (Romans 16:3)

With all of its sermons, conver­sions, miracles, and travels, the Book of Acts gives us a bird’s eye view of the early church. It doesn’t give us the full stories of all the heroes and heroines of that first generation of Christians. To paraphrase what John said about his Gospel, “there wouldn’t be enough books in the entire world” to write down all those stories (John 21:25)!

Think, for example, about Barnabas....


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Daily Meditation for March 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

With these ten words, Paul begins to summarize the points he has been making so far in his Letter to the Romans. In fact, all of chapter 8 can be seen as a summary—a rousing, inspiring conclusion to the expla­nation of the gospel message Paul wrote about in chapters 1 through 7. So let’s take a look at some of these summary points.

First, Paul says that we are no less than beloved, adopted children of G...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for February 1, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Daily Meditations 

"THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH" (Rm 6:23)

"I said, 'I confess my faults to the Lord,' and You took away the guilt of my sin." –Psalm 32:5

How bad is sin? Seventy-thousand people died during a three-day pestilence because of one of David's less serious sins (2 Sm 24:15). The sin of disbelief in Jesus resulted in many staying sick and only a few being healed when Jesus visited His hometown (Mk 6:5). Sin is bad enough that God became a human being and died on the cross to save us from it. Sin is...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 4, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MISSION TO THE UNBELIEVERS

"It has been a point of honor with me never to preach in places where Christ's name was already known." –Romans 15:20

Paul focused on proclaiming Christ to people who had never heard of Jesus. We may not have the same call, but we should maximize opportunities to share our faith with unbelievers. For example, we should discern if God is calling us to join groups in which unbelievers participate. This would give us a forum in which to share our faith.

W...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 29, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 29, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

A "KNOW IT ALL"

"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery." –Romans 11:25

Sometimes we feel like despairing because life seems to make no sense. We wonder if God is there or if He knows what He's doing. NevertFcheless, despite severe disruptions due to our sins, the Lord has everything under control. For instance, He knows that large numbers of Jewish people will be saved after the full number of Gentiles has entered into God's kingdom (Rm 11:25-26). This will mean "riches ...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 27, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

UNSTOPPABLE

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" –Romans 8:31

St. Paul asks: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) This was no mere rhetorical question for Paul. He had experienced firsthand all of these dangers and more (see 2 Cor 11:23ff). He knew for "certain" that nothing could separate him from the love of God (Rm 8:38, 39). This certain knowledge of God's personal l...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 26, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE PRAYER OF A LIFETIME

"The Spirit intercedes for the saints as God Himself wills." –Romans 8:27

For more than twenty-five years, Pope John Paul II called us to great, growing, and intense prayer (The Redeemer of Man, 22). The Pope taught: "A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and Lover of life, from every Christian community, fr...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 25, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

GROANERS

"Yes, we know that all creation groans and is in agony even until now." –Romans 8:22

After the first sin was committed, a groan was heard for the first time. Adam groaned in his labors; Eve groaned in her labor pains (see Gn 3:16, 19). Both groaned when they saw the first dead body ever; the body of their son Abel, murdered by his brother Cain (Gn 4:8). These groanings grew increasingly worse until the whole world groaned.

Eventually, there came a Man Who groaned like the r...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 24, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

REPENTANCE OR FEAR?

"You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption through which we cry out 'Abba!' (that is, 'Father')." –Romans 8:15

Because we inherited a fallen nature, we were in fear from the first moment of our conception. We lived in fear (see Lk 12:32) no matter how hard we tried to be free. We would have lived in fear our whole lives (Heb 2:15), but we were set free when we received a new nature by being baptized into Jesus....


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 11, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: October 11

First: Romans 1:16-25
Resp: Psalm 19:2-5
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41

USE AS DIRECTED

"These men...exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator." –Romans 1:25

From the garden of Eden to the present day, man and woman have been captivated by God's good and beautiful creations. He created things to point to Himself (Rm 1:20; Wis 13:5). Many are unable to get past the beauty of creation to f...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 8, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: September 8

First: Micah 5:1-4
Resp: Psalm 13:6
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16,18-23
Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community

IN HIS IMAGE

"…to share the image of His Son…" –Romans 8:29

Mary certainly was conformed to the image of the Son of God (see Rm 8:29, RNAB)....


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ROMANS

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Catholic Bible Study 

Rm 1  —  ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

"I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God leading everyone who believes in it to salvation, the Jew first, then the Greek." —Romans 1:16

Paul planned to make Rome an evangelistic base for his mission to Spain (15:24). He wrote to the Roman Christians to prepare them for this by promoting unity between the Jewish and Gentile Christians. In the course of expressing the basis of this unity, Paul revealed in depth the fallen condition o...


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