thursday of the tenth 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 Tenth 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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Question or Common Objection:
If God is all-loving, why doesn’t he save everyone?
God truly wants all people to be saved, but he does not force our will when it comes to choosing him. Some people choose not to accept the gift of salvation he offers.
[God] desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
God gave us free will because he loves us. It may seem hard to understand that a loving God would permit someone not to be saved. But God, in his love for me and you, allows a choice. We have the freedom to choose salvation or not. So, it’s really a matter of someone accepting or rejecting God’s invitation and gift of salvation. Without free will, we would be like robots, and a robot can’t love. Only a person, with free will, can truly love. This is what God wants from us – to love him freely. You just can’t force someone to love you. No matter how much force one applies, you can’t force someone to love you – you just can’t.
As Origen of Alexandria once said, “Free will is the power of choosing good and evil.” God loves us enough to allow the freedom of such a choice.
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additional bible study
"Day 161: The Crucifixion of Christ" 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.