The sinful woman doesn't have a bowl of water, a wet cloth, or even a dry cloth, but she gives Jesus everything of value that she believes she does have. She brings to Him all that she has of value; her whole self and an alabaster flask of ointment and gives it all to Jesus. Her tears, hair, and ointment become her hospitality.
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Here's a fact. If everyone likes what you have to say, then you probably aren't saying much at all. It is not a paradoxical statement to say that the truth can get you killed, and God wants you to share the truth.
Being that none of us knows for certain the day or hour of our death, we must do all that we can, with the help of God’s grace, to live a life worthy of Him who loved us first, and we must love others as He loved us by sharing with as many people as possible the Good News of a better life In Christ Jesus
History is full of men and women, preachers and pimps, popes and bums, priests and nuns, who have used religion as a means of gain. Whether that gain is material or to satisfy the disordered passions of the flesh or intellect, there is special condemnation reserved for the likes of this category of hypocrites.
What I've learned in life is that if I want peace, then I ought to pray for God to grant peace to others as well as to myself. If you want more joy in your life, then pray for God to increase other's joy as well as your own. If you make your prayer life inclusive of the needs of others as well, what you'll discover is what you've asked God to give to those whom you prayed for will all be given to you.
There are two things in this life that are spiritually unhealthy; the first thing is meddling in God's business; the second is meddling in Satan's business. The latter will frustrated you, while the former will possess you. The best place to be is minding the business that God has given you to mind - tending to the things that God has given you to tend to.
Indeed, we all become a type of Mary and Joseph when we serve the least. This is the pinnacle of being the greatest in the Kingdom of God, when we serve God as the the Holy Family did.
The most damning evidence of someone truly accepting Jesus Christ into their life is their response to the most important question that has ever been asked in the visible realm – ‘Who do you say that Jesus is?’
Indeed, throughout the Gospels we clearly see Jesus affirming the proper application of the Oral Torah; that is, where it does not contradict or attempt to supplant the Written Torah. This is especially clear in many of Jesus' dialogues with the Pharisees in response to His works done on the Sabbath.
Therefore, being that Exodus 12:24 is a Permanent Law – a Perpetual Command, if Jesus doesn’t fulfill it – if it is not part of His body of work according this His statement in Matthew 5:17, that He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, then He not the Messiah or Lord; rather, He is a liar, a lunatic, and a sadist.
The one thing that continues to intrigue me about John 6 is how deeply intricate it is with our understanding that throughout sacred Scripture the Word of God has always been thought of as food - as something edible. The implications of that understanding takes on an even more profound meeting in the New Covenant when we discover that the Word of God is actually a person,
God is so good, and He is a master of courtship. He gives us a foretaste of how much better our life could be with Him, than without, and what this showering of grace does is pierce our heart to burn with a deep desire to be satisfied with more of the same.
We have learned and continue to be reminded that though the Gates of Hell will never prevail against it, the Church continues to have her share of shepherds of the second type. Our only hope for justice is our Lord and God Christ Jesus.
Life is difficult at times. You will struggling in your calling to always have the things you think you need. When I say calling, I mean every calling - from the call to Heaven to the call to marriage to the call to wake up and go to Mass.
Most importantly, what Mark wants to demonstrate here is the divine authority Jesus has not only over nature and demonic spirits, but he also has the power over life. This is not just a prophet of old, but God has come to dwell with man, for the benefit of man.
Again, at least four of these men were skilled in negotiating a squall, which as a common occurrence on Galilee, so when they awoke Jesus to ask Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” - What they are simply asking Jesus to do is to wake up and do His part to navigate the boat
As the Sower in the first parable seems to have a reckless abandon in doing only what he is called to do, the man who scatters the seeds in this parable demonstrates a reckless trust in the seed he planted.
Joy is a deep spiritual reality that is the foundation of our happiness. Happiness is attached to things that happen - things of the moment, and as what happens passes in time so does our reaction to them also fade away.
You want to remain in this love? Then learn and lovingly obey the commands. One of which is worthily receive His real Body and Blood through the Catholic sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
When we Cooperate with God in His Holy will, we need not worry about the consequences of being obedient, because the consequences of our actions belong to Him, but when we obey our own will and follow our own ambitions, the consequences belong to us and are the reason for our self-condemnation.