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ADVICE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Monday, August 14th, 2017

I think the Bible has some good advice for students going off to college this fall.

First of all, when Jesus sent his apostles out he said “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves . . .”  (Matthew 10:16)  I think those words apply to kids going off to college these days.  Your faith will be challenged.  It’s going to be very important that you know what you believe and why.  In that regard, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an excellent reference.  In the CCC you can easily look up any topic and see the official Catholic position on it as well as the reasons for the position.

Psalm 1:1 tells us not to walk in the counsel of the wicked, not to imitate sinners, and not to hang around with scoffers.   Bad people give bad advice.  Beware of people who scoff at your faith.  Listen to the word of God and you’ll be blessed.

Don’t believe everything you hear.  2 Thessalonians 4:21 says to test everything and hold fast what is good.  See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.  (Colossians 2:8)  Don’t be led away by diverse and strange teachings.  (Hebrews 13:9)

Continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from your hope in the gospel you’ve heard. (Colossians 1:23)  Stand firm and hold to the traditions you’ve been taught.  (Galatians 5:1, Philippians 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:15)

 

 

 

Walk on Water

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 14:22-36.  It’s the story of Peter walking on the water.  I love the image because I can relate to it.  There was a time in my life when I was sort of sinking, but like Peter I cried out “Lord save me”.  Jesus reached out his hand and saved me.  He came into my heart and became my Lord and Savior.  He gave me the gift of eternal life.  As Psalm 40:2 puts it “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”  Maybe you’ve had a similar experience of the love of God.  I hope so.

Sometimes we’re going along in life and everything seems fine.  But then we hit a bump in the road and we start sinking.  Our faith is challenged.  We may start to doubt.  We may start to fear.  Has that ever happened to you?  Maybe you’re in such a situation now.  Like Peter we can always cry out “Lord save me.”  Jesus will respond as he responded to Peter.  He will reach out his hand and pull us back up.

The Responsorial for today is Psalm 51: 3-7, 12-13.  It ties in somewhat with the Gospel reading because it’s a Psalm of confession and repentance.  That’s what we need to do to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.