Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Monday Lesson

Living what we believe Why should we care what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says?  Isn’t Scripture sufficient?  Isn’t my personal relationship with Jesus all that matters anyway?  When I hear questions like this I am reminded of a story I … Continue reading

Are you astonished by Jesus’ teaching? What does He teach?

Jesus teaches with authority. Read the Gospels to learn & understand what Jesus taught. Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them … Continue reading

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Are we troubled & afraid? Why?

Jesus, do you care that we are perishing? On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would … Continue reading

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Where is your light?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing … Continue reading

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Go out into the world

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany … Continue reading

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Whoever does the will of God …

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for … Continue reading

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Why should we care about the March for Life?

Why should we care about the March for Life? After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in … Continue reading

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Does Jesus only call those with the right credentials?

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.  He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to … Continue reading

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Even the demons bow down in worship …

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018