Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Favorite Scripture Verses


There is no doubt that through the reading of the Sacred Scriptures the soul is set aflame in God and becomes purified from all vices.
~ St. Jerome


Mary at The Beautiful Gate has tagged me for this Scripture based meme. I am asked to pick three of my favorite Scripture verses. I love Scripture, so this is no easy task! However, I have chosen three that I return to often. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Ezekiel 37:11-16. This is the passage of the prophet's vision of the dry bones. I love the imagery in this passage and the foretelling of Christ's Resurrection as well as our own.

2. Jeremiah 29:11-14. The passage where God tells this young prophet to tell the people, "I know the plans I have for you..." I return to this passage often, especially during those times I am troubled or confused by what may or nay not be going on in my life at any given moment. I find hope and comfort in these words.

3. John 13:1-13. The first Holy Thursday and the washing of the Apostles' feet. The humility of Jesus, the intimacy of friendship, and the preparing them to be sent out to continue His work. Words alone can not describe the beauty of this passage. Each time I prayerfully read this passage, I find myself in the Upper Room.

Well there they are. I pray God speaks to you through these as well. I am now to choose three more bloggers to participate. Be sure to check out these wonderful blogs as well.

Michael at Reach Paradise

Victor at Time for Reflections

Daily Grace

*Note: All Scripture passages are from Douay~Rheims version of the Bible. Chapter and verse numbers may vary if you are using other versions.

6 comments:

Daily Grace said...

All three of these verses are so powerful! I love your explanation of why you chose them too.

Thank you for tagging me. I look forward to posting them.

God bless you Karinann.

Karinann said...

Thanks DG~ look forward to reading your three favorites as well.
God bless!

Mary333 said...

Great picks! I love reading and meditating on the Ezekiel passage you chose. The 2nd one from Jeremiah is a particular favorite of mine (thanks to my mom who wrote it down on a piece of paper for me YEARS before my conversion and I still have it). I was especially interested in your last pick - there's some rich material here for meditation and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on these verses from John chapter 13.

Notice how popular Jeremiah and John are for those who have participated in the meme so far? Though the passages may differ, these books are favorites for a lot of people!

Thanks for joining in, Karin!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thanx Karinann for thinking of me in this tag.

I've just posted my readings as requested.

Thanx also for your post.

God bless you Karinann.

Karinann said...

Thanks Mary and Victor.
Mary- I am enjoying reading everyone's favorites. Yes, while many of us choose verses/passages from the same books, our reasons and how they speak to us differ. I never tire of seeing how God works.

Victor, I look forward to reading your post on this as well.
Blessings to you both.

Colleen said...

Love your list. Love that passage in Ezekiel, too. And of course, we both chose Jeremiah. And I loved your reflection on why you liked the passage from John. Beautiful. God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.