The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rij

Normally my blog entry consists of a developed reflection or meditation on some theme or Catholic Church teaching (at least I like to believe that it’s developed and well thought out).  However, this time around I would like to change it up a bit and go a different route. 

Scripture has been played crucial role in my life ever since I started talking my faith seriously and since I entered the seminary over eight years ago. St. Jerome (a priest, theologian, biblical scholar, and historian in the 300s) once said: “Ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Through our readings of Sacred Scripture we can come to know Jesus in a real and powerful way! 

For this blog entry, I am including select Scripture passages that have influenced my prayer/faith life and my relationship with Jesus. Many of these passages have helped me; maybe they can help you as well. Browse through them and see perhaps if one or a few of them speaks to you in your own life right now. I have provided the Scripture citation and a pertinent line from that passage; open your Bible and dive in to see the entire Scripture passage! 

Programming note: all the scripture passages found here below are taken from (unless otherwise noted): Little Rock Catholic Study Bible: New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011. Also, if you are looking to purchase a bible for prayer/meditation or study please note that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has approved translations for use by Catholics. Not all bibles are “equal”; Protestant bibles differ from Catholic bibles (for example, the Catholic versions include books not found in Protestant versions and vice versa). But that’s for a different blog entry (a topic that one of the other bloggers might visit)! Check: http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/index.cfm


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Proverbs 3:5-7 - Trust in the Lord

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.


Psalm 23:1-6 - The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.


Psalm 34:1-11 - Taste and see the goodness of the Lord

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear him. The rich grow poor and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.


Matthew 8:5-13 - Healing of the Centurion’s Servant

The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.


Mark 8:22-25 - The Healing of the Blind Man

Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly.


Mark 15:33-41 - The death of Jesus

When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”


Luke 1:46-56 - The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.


Luke 15:11-32 - The Prodigal Son

But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.


John 6:41-51 - I am the living bread from heaven

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.


John 13:1-18 - The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.


John 15:1-17 - The Vine and the Branches

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.


Philippians 2:5-9 - The supreme act of surrender of Jesus

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.


1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - I hand on what I have received

Each time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord Jesus.


1 John 4:7-21 - God’s love and the Christian life

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.


James 2:14-26 - Faith and Good Works

Indeed someone may say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.


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This list is but a small selection of scripture passages that have helped me reflect, fall in love with Jesus, transform my life, and grow as a disciple of Jesus. There’s much more! What passages have helped you? Blessed reading!