Showing Mon May 13 - Sun Jun 9, 2019

2017 Series

Monday, May 13, 2019: Zechariah 4-5

Zechariah 4 – The Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, which was meant to be a word of deep and sincere encouragement, is one that speaks to all who believe: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.” May His Spirit be our strength and guide in all that we do.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Zechariah 6-7

Zechariah 7 – The mercy of God is greatly known when observing His fair judgment against the diamond-hard hearted (v. 12-14). Rather than continuing in the same punishment handed down to His people, God shows His mercy through the work of Jesus. His salvation breaks through even our diamond-hard hearts and draws us to His redemption.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Zechariah 8-9

How awesome is our God, who promises the redemption of His creation—the new Zion! His salvation shall make us shine like the jewels of a crown (9:16). Alleluia!

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Thursday, May 16, 2019: Zechariah 10-11

Much like Israel & Judah, the Lord call us to repentance, not because we are deserving, but because of His compassion (11:6). He knows our weakness, yet does not allow us to be left like the worthless shepherds over whom He cries out, “Woe!” Instead, we are cared for and beloved by our Good Shepherd.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Friday, May 17, 2019: Zechariah 12-14

Zechariah 12 – A reminder of Good Friday: “When they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” Our mourning is turned to joy in His resurrection.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Saturday, May 18, 2019: Esther 1-2

Esther 1 – In the midst of a lavish celebration, wrongdoing becomes the focal point. The Lord works His will above this wrongdoing in the appointing of Esther, showing that His design and plan is greater than our understanding. How can you seek His will above your own?

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Monday, May 20, 2019: Esther 3-4

Esther 4 – In a unique way, we witness Esther living her Christ-like vocation: Being willing to lose her life in order to save her people (v.16).

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Tuesday, May 21, 2019: Esther 5-6

Esther 6 – Haman’s plan is unfaithful and he believes that he will prevail. Yet, as we are reminded by the exultation of Mordecai, the faithfulness of God prevails over any of man’s foolishness.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Wednesday, May 22, 2019: Esther 7-8

Esther 8 – The people of God are made able to defend themselves. Through Christ, God is our true defender, bringing us to love our enemies.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Thursday, May 23, 2019: Esther 9-10

Esther 9 – A gracious reminder of the faithfulness of God to His people – to you – that He would turn sorrow into gladness and mourning into a “holy”-day. (v.20-22)

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Friday, May 24, 2019: Ezra 7-8

Ezra 8 – Genealogies are often cumbersome and long, yet they are a reminder of the many generations of God’s people before us – a reminder that our faith has spanned time and our God is the Lord of all.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Saturday, May 25, 2019: Ezra 9-10

Ezra 9 – A repentant prayer of confession, especially one that recognizes and remains thankful for God’s grace, is a merciful reminder of the forgiveness that we have in Christ.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Monday, May 27, 2019: Nehemiah 1-2

Nehemiah 1 – The faithfulness of God is overabundant! Alleluia! (v.9)

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Tuesday, May 28, 2019: Nehemiah 3-4

Nehemiah 4 – Just as God works through many to rebuild the wall, God works through you for His good purposes. Do not be afraid of His work in and through you.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Wednesday, May 29, 2019: Nehemiah 5-6

Nehemiah 6 – The faithfulness of Nehemiah is a reminder of God’s working in him, giving him strength to complete the daunting task. How often do we seek the strength of God above our own? How often should we?

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Thursday, May 30, 2019: Nehemiah 7-8

Nehemiah 8 – “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” What an awesome reminder for our “Holy Day,” where we join together and worship God in joy and gladness.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Friday, May 31, 2019: Nehemiah 9-10

Nehemiah 10 – The care and love of our Heavenly Father is certainly remarkable. We continually break our covenant with Him, yet He keeps His covenant promise through Jesus, receiving our confession and counting us among the righteous.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Saturday, June 1, 2019: Nehemiah 11-12

Nehemiah 12 – In anything we do, we offer thanks and glory to God. Whether building a wall or completing our daily work, to God be the glory! Amen!

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Monday, June 3, 2019: Nehemiah 13, Psalm 126

Psalm 126 – How awesome it will be on the day that our fortunes are restored! (vv.5-6)

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Tuesday, June 4, 2019: Malachi 1-2

Malachi 1 – We often keep our best from God, showing our sinful selfishness. Yet, out of great love for us, God offered Himself on the cross, the absolute “best” humbling Himself to save all, even the least. May our hearts be moved to selflessly serve just as we have been served by our Savior.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Wednesday, June 5, 2019: Malachi 3-4

Malachi 4 – “… For you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” Receive the healing that is promised to God’s faithful people and remain hopeful in His promises.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Thursday, June 6, 2019: John 1-2

John 1 – As you read through the Holy Gospel according to St. John, let this resonate in your heart and mind: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (v. 14). Celebrate the incarnation as it means everything to us, that He would be with us to save us. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Friday, June 7, 2019: John 3-4

John 3 – The Holy Gospel according to St. John is so incredibly rich and ripe with Good News. As you share this with any and all, allow the words of John the Baptizer to be your refrain: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (v. 30)

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)


Saturday, June 8, 2019: John 5-6

John 6 – “I Am the Bread of Life” (v. 35, 48). Jesus ‘gives thanks’ (lit. euchariste?) for the meal and for the provision of the Father,that He is able to reveal Himself for people to believe and know Him. In this, we are pointed directly to the foundation of our sacramental theology. In the Eucharist (lit. thanksgiving!), we receive the provision of God that is Jesus’ true body and blood, knowing forgiveness, life and salvation from the Lord alone.

—Matthew Gonzalez (Trinity, Bronx)