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Into the Night

John Lent2017 Poetry Scripture

Into the Night

Wednesday of Holy Week John 13:21-33, 36-38 The sadness of Christ for the coming sin this one shared his table his cup, once a friend. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I One who sits and sups one who witnessed all one who values passing things one who Satan calls Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely, it is not I. Upon his breast his beloved this morsel do you see to him whom I give one last attempt a friend to be. Betrayal, deceit, and lies who is it Lord? surely,...

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The Garden of our Soul

John Lent2017 Meditations Scripture

The Garden of our Soul

Monday of Holy Week (John 12:1-11) I recently gave a parish mission and one of the topics covered confession with special emphasis on the value of frequent confession. While studying in preparation I discovered this wonderful quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul's progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the...

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"Proof" of a relationship with Jesus

John Meditations Scripture

"Proof" of a relationship with Jesus

John 1:45-51 Relationships are interesting things. They are interesting because for the most part there is no “real” way to prove that they exist. I have a very close relationship with my wife. However, there is no concrete proof that the relationship really exists. I could show you my wedding ring but that’s just a symbol and anyone off the street can have a golden band without having a relationship. I could show you my children, a “product” or “result” of the said relationship, but here too the “proof” could be dismissed because it really doesn’t give evidence that my...

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Behold the Lamb, A Poem

John Meditations Poetry

Behold the Lamb, A Poem

John 1:29-34 Cain, the jealous sower spills first the blood of man Abel, the innocent shepherd A cry, Behold the lamb Abram witholds nothing an angel stays his hand God will provide the sacrifice A cry, Behold the lamb Pharaoh's heart is hardened Mercy ends in the land The angel passes over A cry, Behold the lamb John by waters edge Many baptized by his hand a dove descends upon the Christ A cry, Behold the Lamb The Heavens all cry out Here is the Son of Man Holy, Holy, Holy A cry, Behold the Lamb Another Christ at altar...

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Can I get a Witness?

Advent2016 John Meditations Scripture

Can I get a Witness?

John 5:33-46 According to Mosaic Law, testimony could not be given by one witness alone - "one witness alone shall not take the stand against a man in regard to any crime or any offense of which he may be guilty; a judicial fact shall be established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses."(Deuteronomy 19:15) In this chapter of John, Jesus is basically establishing His credentials. He is telling us who He is, where He comes from, Who sent Him, and from where He gets His authority. In today's passage He even brings things down to a very...

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