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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for November 6, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

LIFE AFTER DEATH

"We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death, brothers." –1 Thessalonians 4:13

We can become clear on life after death by listening to the Church. It has listened to the Spirit, prayed over the Bible, and will give us a clear understanding of life after death.

When we die, we are judged and our spirits immediately go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Heaven is God's home where we perpetually worship the Holy Trinity, see Jesus face to face, and share pe...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER

"We thank God constantly that in receiving His message from us you took it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God." –1 Thessalonians 2:13

As a teenager, I attended daily Masses said by Father O'Hare (not his real name). His style rubbed me the wrong way; it was hard for me to concentrate on his homilies. God used him to teach me to concentrate on the message, not the messenger (1 Thes 2:13). Here are some words of God from vario...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for October 16, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

G.P.

"Grace and peace be yours." –1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul almost always began his letters by wishing the churches "grace and peace." Grace is the presence and power of God. We need grace because we cannot live for Christ by our natural power. We need God's supernatural power. We accept grace because we have faith in the God of grace, because we have a personal relationship with Him.

Peace in the Bible is not what our culture means by peace. Many people consider peace to be a sens...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 30, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 30

First: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6,9-11
Resp: Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

BODY BUILD

"Build one another up." –1 Thessalonians 5:11, RSV-CE

I am attending morning Mass in an older church building. Laborers are repairing the roof, and the steady pounding of their hammers makes it difficult to hear the lector as he proclaims today's first reading. Then the lector proclaimed the phrase "build one another up" (see 1 Thes 5:11, RSV-CE...


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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for August 22, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Daily Meditations 

Mass Readings: August 22

First: Isaiah 9:1-6
Resp: Psalm 113:1-8
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

THE PROOF IS IN THE FAITH

"We constantly are mindful before our God and Father of the way you are proving your faith, and laboring in love." –1 Thessalonians 1:3

The Christians of Thessalonica were proving their faith so well that their proven faith was celebrated "not only in Macedonia and Achaia" but "throughout every region" (1 Thes 1:8). Could your faith be accurately ca...


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2 Thessalonians

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

2 Thes 1  —  "BLESSED ASSURANCE"

"In God's communities we can boast of your constancy and your faith in persecution and trial." —2 Thessalonians 1:4

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians again because they were suffering more persecution and confusion. He assured them: "You endure these as an expression of God's just judgment, in order to be found worthy of His kingdom — it is for His kingdom you suffer" (1:4-5). The Lord "will provide relief to you who are sorely tried, as well as t...


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1 Thessalonians

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

1 Thes 1  —  BEAUTIFUL BABY CHRISTIANS

"Our preaching of the gospel proved not a mere matter of words for you but one of power; it was carried on in the Holy Spirit and out of complete conviction." — 1 Thessalonians 1:5

The Thessalonians were baby-Christians when Paul wrote to them. Paul was praying for them constantly, and they became models "for all the believers of Macedonia and Achaia" (1:7). He wrote: "Throughout every region your faith in God is celebrated" (1:8). The peop...


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