thursday of the ninth week in ordinary time
…Give us this day our daily bread.”
cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3
daily mass readings
daily bible reflection
"Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time’s Reflection by Professor Curtis Mitch" from Letters From Home by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.
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
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Calling Priests “Father”
Question or Common Objection:
Matthew 23:9 says “do not call anyone on earth father.” Why do Catholics call priests “father?”
That verse means not to honor a man like you honor God. Jesus didn’t mean you couldn’t call your dad or a priest “father.” St. Paul wrote …
I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
The Church has always considered her priests to be like St. Paul – “spiritual fathers” under the authority of our Heavenly Father.
As it relates to a biblical understanding of Christianity and the scriptures, stay close to the Church and you won’t be led down the wrong path. Often, bible verses like this one can be misconstrued and misunderstood, thereby misleading well-intentioned people, maybe like you, who desire to know God’s word. But the farther one strays from the apostolic teaching of Holy Scripture, the farther one gets from the apostolic understanding of Holy Scripture. Don’t get off the straight and narrow path.
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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 154: The Baptism of Jesus" 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.