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Thursday, November 10, 2016

You Will Not Certainly Die

 “’You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” Genesis 3:1-5

And so, the Lord turned the original sin of pride upside-down and inside out by exemplifying humility in his suffering, passion, death and resurrection. Jesus showed us that the power of humbleness is the cure for the perceived power of pride. Christ, singlehandedly redeemed all of humankind from the sin of pride, haughtiness and arrogance which had separated us from God and from each other. It had made us enemies of one another and enemies of God.

Because Jesus took the low road when he did not have to, therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every other name. C.f. Philippians 2:9-11 Through his life, death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus defined a new power. He showed that supremacy does not come from muscle and brawn, but is born out of love, servitude, humility and brokenness.


Your invitation announcing a "mini retreat" this Saturday, November 12th from 9am to 11:30am, Mass and lunch at 12 noon at the Siena Prayer Center 1931 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001.  Be sure to offer Sister a donation - $15 to $20 to help St. Catharine's by-the-sea cover the cost of hosting the prayer center.  Bro. Gary is donating his time as a speaker for the retreat series and remember it's always the second Saturday of each month.  The series is . . . The Bible, "A Text Message of Mercy."  

In October, the group began at the beginning.  We were inspired by the message of mercy in Genesis.  Now, November, this Saturday the group moves forward to the book of Exodus.  Please remember to bring a pen and notepad.  May God bless you each one and all - for your witness, your testimony and your dedication to studying the Word of God!  

Invite a friend, guest or family member in need of spiritual refreshment!

Got questions?  Call (310) 595-4175

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