Saturday, January 30, 2016

I have made you this day a pillar of iron!

"The word of the Lord came to me: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you."  (Jeremiah 1: 4-5 NABRE)

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence.  He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water—a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. Its leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its luscious fruit."  (Jeremiah 17: 7 - 8 TLB)

Friday, January 29, 2016

I have sinned against the Lord.

“As theLord lives, the man who has done this deserves death!" (2 Samuel 12: 5 NABRE)

 "Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man!"  (2 Samuel 12:7 NABRE)

"Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  (2 Samuel 12: 13 NABRE)

"Nathan answered David: “For his part, theLord has removed your sin. You shall not die."  (2 Samuel 12 :13 NABRE)

"A clean heart create for me, God;
 renew within me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from before your face, nor take from me your Holy Spirit."  (Psalm 51: 12 - 13 NABRE)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The little ones start with baby steps in the Kingdom of God.

What do you think of small beginnings?

"The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” (Mark 4: 31-32  NABRE)

 "I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 1: 6  NABRE)

"Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: "Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-all,  but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work."
(Matthew 11:25-26 MSG)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For the Lord has chosen Zion. He prefers her for His dwelling.

"The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.  The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip."   (Psalm 37:30-31 NIV)

“And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,  so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight."
(2 Samuel 7:25-26 NIV)

"The Lord swore an oath to David in truth, he will never turn back from it:
“Your own offspring I will set upon your throne."  (Psalm 132: 11 NABRE)

Happy Feast Day St Thomas Aquinas.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The seeds on rich soil heard the word and accepted it and produced rich harvest.

The Seed is the word of God, Christ is the Sower ; all who come to him will live forever.

“You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom — you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight."  (Mark 4: 11  MSG)

From mysteries to sacraments..

"Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain."
(Mark 4:7 NLT)

"The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,  but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced."
(Mark 4:18-19 NLT)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Use your gifts or lose them.

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you."  (2 Timothy 1:6 NLT)

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well- balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
(2Tim 1:7 AMP)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brother Paul, you are to be the witness of the Righteous One

"Ananias came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!   “Then he told me, ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak.  For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard.

What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’"
(Acts 22:13-16 NLT)

"I chose you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord." (Cf John 15:16  RM)