These narratives of return and restoration were written down later by Ezra, a scribe, and Nehemiah, a Jewish representative of the Persian king.
To us as to Timothy Paul says: “Do what God tells you. Look forward to the final appearance of Christ. Be ready for His coming.”
Those who use religion as a source of temporal enrichment are headed for ruin and destruction. Instead they should pursue righteousness and eternal life.
It’s good to offer God our thanks for the gifts we have received through Matthew, and for the callings we have received from the Lord.
In just a few highly descriptive words, the author of First Timothy offers us a whole theology of the Church and of Jesus.
In today's passage Paul deals with Church structure by outlining the qualifications for the levels of ministry that existed in his time.
There is one God, one mediator, Jesus, and one redemptive act offered by Jesus. Prayer is to be offered for everybody so that the faithful can lead a peaceful life.
We have all been sinners. We have been forgiven through the mercy of Christ. Glory and honor to God forever.
Mary's faithfulness to her calling involved suffering. Jesus calls us to faithfulness also. We shouldn’t be surprised if that also involves suffering.
The suffering of Jesus is the source of salvation. The cross is not just a symbol of death but also of faithfulness and victory.