thursday 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 She Sinless?
Question or Common Objection:
Catholics think Mary never sinned, but she called God her “savior.” That means she must have sinned.
God did save Mary – by giving her a special grace to preserve her from sin. The angel Gabriel said to Mary …
Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.”
To be “full of grace” means to be without sin. When you have a deep understanding of Holy Scripture and Mary’s role in Salvation History, you’ll understand why she was (and needed to be) preserved from the stain of Original Sin.
The Ark of the Covenant was created perfectly to hold the Word of God (The Ten Commandments). The Ark also contained Aaron’s rod (staff), which signified the priestly office of the Priesthood; and the Ark contained the manna from heaven (see Hebrews 9:4). The Ark of the Covenant of the Old Testament was a prefigurement of what, or who, was to come. The Ark prefigured Mary. The Church Fathers, intimate with and having a deep understanding of Holy Scripture, acclaimed Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant – for Mary’s womb carried Jesus Christ. Nestled within her womb for nine months was the Eternal High Priest, the Incarnate Word of God, and the Bread come down from Heaven. Jesus, in His Person, established the New Covenant.
In a Coptic sermon, attributed to Saint Athanasius, the Holy Virgin is thus addressed:
“O Ark of the new covenant, clad on all sides with purity in place of gold; the one in whom is found the golden vase with its true manna, that is the flesh in which lies the God-head.”
So, like the Ark of the Covenant we understand of the Old Testament, Mary, too, was created perfectly to hold within her Jesus Christ. It was God who preserved her without the stain of sin because it would be Mary who would one day hold within her womb Jesus the Eternal High Priest, God in the Flesh, and the Bread of Heaven. All generations would soon call her blessed, for she would become the Mother of God. She who was created … gave birth to her Creator. How awesome is that!
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catechism of the Catholic Church
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additional bible study
"Day 140: David's Prayer of Thanksgiving" 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.