wednesday of the seventh week of Easter
…Give us this day our daily bread.”
cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3
daily mass readings
daily bible reflection
Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.
Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
A daily morsel of Catholic education and faith formation.
Was Jesus an Only Child?
Question or Common Objection:
Matthew 13:55-56 proves Jesus had brothers and sisters. Mary wasn’t forever a virgin.
Scripture often calls close relatives “brothers and sisters.” For example, Abraham and Lot were called “brothers,” but Abraham was really Lot’s uncle.
… and they were separated one brother from the other.”
The “brothers and sisters” of Jesus were actually close relatives, not children of his mother Mary.
Just as friends and cousins, and other close family members or even close friends still today, may call one another “brother,” such was it in the times of Jesus and in the Old Testament. It’s a universal moniker of affection between people. Be careful not to read everything literally from the Bible. Stay close to the Church in her understanding of Sacred Scripture and you won’t be led astray!
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catechism of the Catholic Church
For information about what the Catholic Church believes, answers to FAQs, and an encompassing resource addressing common objections and misconceptions non-Catholics and Catholics alike may have about the Church and what it teaches, we invite you to visit the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
additional bible study
"Day 139: Reparation to the Gibeonites" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.
Let us pray.
Consecration to the Holy Family
Holy Family, we consecrate ourselves and our family to you. May we be completely united in a love that is lasting, faithful, and open to the gift of new life. Help us to grow in virtue, to forgive one another from our hearts, and to live in peace all our days. Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer, diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need. May our home, O Holy Family, truly become a domestic church where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us! An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.