Archive for August, 2014

Wednesday of Trinity 9 – Romans 2:17-29

ShareRomans 2:17-29 Paul makes an interesting contrast in Romans 2, a contrast that would have been not only interesting but also shocking to 1st century Jews.  His contrast is between true Jews and false Jews, in essence, but those he counts as “true” Jews are not necessarily the religious or ethnic Jews.  Paul’s shocking contrast […]

August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 9 – Romans 2:1-16

ShareRomans 2:1-16 “in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (verse 16). Brhrhrhrhrh!  That’s the sound a massive shiver going up and down my spine and resounding throughout me from the micro to the macrocosm.  God will judge my secrets – and yours!  That could cause paralysis to set […]

August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 9 – Romans 1:1-17

ShareRomans 1:1-17 Out of Paul’s life and into his head.  This ought to be interesting, having just finished Acts to enter into Paul’s magnum opus, his letter to the Romans. Do you get the idea, reading Romans 1, that Paul thinks that the gospel of Jesus Christ is important?  More than important, the gospel of […]

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 8 – Acts 28:16-31

ShareActs 28:16-31 Here is what Jesus Christ told Ananias, things which I’m sure He also told St. Paul: “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16). Was […]

August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Friday of Trinity 8 – Acts 28:1-15

ShareActs 28:1-15 “When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage” (Acts 28:15). This little verse humbles me.  It makes me think.  It makes me feel. Here’s Paul, the greatest apostle in the world.  He’s endured prisons in many cities, stripes above measure, the forty minus one stripes from the Jews five times, three […]

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 8 – Acts 27:27-44

ShareActs 27:27-44 “And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it, he began to eat.  Then they were all encouraged and also took food themselves.  And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the […]

August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 8 – Acts 27:9-26

ShareActs 27:9-26 “I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” Is this a sentence that you can say in all honesty? Naturally, the difficulty in believing what God has told you would depend on several variables: how unlikely and improbable the statement is; how strong your faith is; how certain […]

August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 8 – Acts 26:24-27:8

ShareActs 26:24-27:8 “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” they say.  In this case, as in many others, I’ve figured out who “They” are: Alexander Pope. Well, I have a little learning, especially when it comes to New Testament Greek.  This is, of course, no fault of my Greek teacher (he knows who he is!) […]

August 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Monday of Trinity 8 – Acts 26:1-23

ShareActs 26:1-23 Have you ever wondered why St. Paul occupies so much of the New Testament? Well I have! Think about it: he wrote 13 out of the 27 books of the New Testament, and in the book of Acts, which describes the early church, he is the center of attention in 16 of its […]

August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 7 – Acts 25:13-27

ShareActs 25:13-27 One of the favorite games of non-Christians seems to be passing the buck.  What I mean is that in the lives of both Jesus and Paul, no one seemed to want to take responsibility for dealing with them. “Who do men say that I am?” Jesus asked.  Peter then recited a number of […]

August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment More