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Isaiah 13-15; Matthew 1

March 18, 2018

Matthew 1:25 He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

That “until” trips up a lot of people, because in English we take “until” as inferring a change of behavior when something happens.  For example “Bert didn’t go swimming until his broken arm healed” infers to us that Bert went swimming after he got the cast off.  Not so in the case of the translation of Greek to English; i.e. it is not inferred that Joseph and Mary had relations after she had Jesus.  You can look it up.  Now whether they had a regular bowling night, that’s possible, except on the Sabbath.  Some apocrypha assert Joseph carried an average of about 210, especially liking the low-oil conditions of Lachish Lanes, while some others say he was not that good.  It’s a mystery, as we Catholics like to say.


Isaiah 10-12; Revelation 22

March 14, 2018

Revelation 22:12-15 “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit.

After the message of great hope, verse 15 is stern stuff.  There is a LOT of unchastity, murder (besides murder-murder, abortion is murder, equivocate all you might want), idol-worship and deceit being loved and practiced today.  So we got that going for us, which is not nice.  Pray for those you know who fall into the categories of verse 15.

Isaiah 7-9; Revelation 21

March 10, 2018

Revelation 21:3-5  I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God].  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

 “Behold, I make all things new.” What a message of great hope!  I’m ready for things to be made new, weary of a world seething in banality, pain, and evil.  But not in my time, in God’s time. Persevere dear friends, a place has been made for those who do.


Isaiah 4-6; Revelation 20

March 2, 2018

Isaiah 5:20-21  Ah! Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness, who change bitter to sweet, and sweet into bitter!  Ah! Those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own view!

Ah indeed, the culture of death, where abortion, contraception, and euthanasia are called good, light, and sweet.  And Catholic and other Christian politicians, who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own view, who support the culture of death deluded that “I was just representing my constituents” will be a valid defense at their personal judgment.  Pray for these people.

Isaiah 1-3; Revelation 19

March 1, 2018

Isaiah 3:5-6  And the people will oppress one another, yes, each one the neighbor.  The child will be insolent towards the elder, and the base towards the honorable.  When anyone seizes a brother in their father’s house, saying “You have clothes! Be our ruler, and take in hand this ruin.”

And to think they didn’t have Twitter 700 years before Christ. What the prophets could have done with it:  Assyrians on the march. Baal-worshiping king hiding under his bed.  Repent or we’re screwed. DISGRACEFUL!  #GodSpeakingNOW


Sirach 46-51; Revelation 18

February 26, 2018

Revelation 18:1-2  After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, [a cage for every unclean] and disgusting [beast].

Chapter 18 of Revelation is the condemnation of “Babylon the Great” and the ultimate fall of the wicked city.  Many Protestant exegetes interpret Babylon as a metaphor for the Roman Catholic Church (that’s a gooberlicious take, but I admit I’m biased); the liner notes of my Bible (NAB) says St. John is writing about Rome; a well-known Catholic priest and blogger recently claimed it was actually about Jerusalem.  I just bring this up as a point of peril for amateur exegetes like me who have no formal scholastic background in theology and who have scant knowledge of Greek and none of Hebrew, take my pronouncements with a grain of salt.  I seek to know God better through His sacred word, His revelation to us, but if my take on Scripture takes me away from Christ, I need a good spanking.  The flip side is I know I’m stupider than a monkey, so I’m never tempted by pride, and Scripture is replete with stories of God writing straight with crooked lines.  So I got that going for me, which is nice.

God bless!


Sirach 43-45; Revelation 17

February 21, 2018

Sirach 44:6-12

Stalwart, solidly established, at peace in their own estates—

All these were glorious in their time, illustrious in their day.

Some of them left behind a name so that people recount their praises.

Of others no memory remains, for when they perished, they perished,

As if they had never lived, they and their children after them.

Yet these also were godly; their virtues have not been forgotten.

Their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants.

Through God’s covenant their family endures, and their offspring for their sake.

On earth we most likely will be eventually forgotten, but our families endure.  How sweet it will be when in Heaven we will meet and have an eternity to get to know our ancestors, all the way back to our first parents.  “Eve, what were you thinking?”  She’ll shrug her shoulders and sigh, “At the end of the day, it was what it was.”  Yes, there may be cliches in Heaven.  But the good news is the buffet’s always open.