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Why do this?

A couple of years ago, I felt a small voice suggest that I compile the chapter and verses for each day of the year. I've done it mostly to honor that small inner voice, but also to bring things back to basics regarding the Bible.

The Bible can be really overwhelming to read. I've done the random flip, point, and method. I took my children to Mass on Sundays, often to whines of, "This is boring. I'm not getting anything out of this. We went to Mass on Friday at school."

My reply was, "Just listen to the readings and draw your own conclusions. The wisdom is in the readings."

At one point I started attending daily Mass and found that it made a huge difference in my life.

This is a way to reconnect with the written word from a completely different point of view, breaking down the New Testament into bite-size bits of wisdom.

March 3

Matthew: This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

Mark: And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.”

Luke: He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

John: Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

Acts: When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms.

Romans: What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?

1 Corinthians: for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?

2 Corinthians: and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Galatians: Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?

Ephesians: and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,

Philippians: For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh—

Colossians: for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Thessalonians: so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for.

2 Thessalonians: But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.

1 Timothy: not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money.

2 Timothy: inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good,

Titus: For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.

Hebrews: Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

James: If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.

1 Peter: Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing;

2 Peter: First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts

1 John: And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Revelation: Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

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