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Calendar of Quotations from Old and New Testament -

with applications to daily living by Philip G. Roets, priest, teacher, Biblical scholar. Translations of Bible are by Phil from Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).


March 1.

“The good conduct of just men sets them free.” Proverbs 11:6.
The just man is open and constat and therefore is always sure of himself.

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:24.
Over-attachment to material things prevents growth and happiness.

March 2.

“The unjust people are held in chains by their own desires.” Proverbs 11:6
The unjust person is fickle, unreliable, easily led astray and thus always suspicious.

“The first will be last and the last first.” Matthew 19:30.
In God’s plan, all are to be treated with fairness and justice.

March 3.

“The generous soul will prosper; he who waters will be watered.” Proverbs 11:25.
The generous person is aware of others, sensitive to their needs, and receives the same in return.

“Why do you stand here all the day idle?” Matthew 20:6.
Jesus demands that each person so a fair share of the work.

March 4.

“He who loves discipline loves knowledge.” Proverbs 12:1.
Orderliness is the key to effectiveness in thought, speech and action.

“Call the workers and pay them their wages.” Matthew 20:8.
At the end of life, your wage is the person you fashioned by your good deed.

March 5.

“Foolish is the man who refuses correction.” Proverbs 12:1.
The person wno cannot see the value of advice, criticism, and counsel from others is truly blind.

“Anyone who wants to be great among you, must serve.” Matthew 20:26.
Service of others is the only lasting foundation for greatness.

March 6.

“A person is praised in proportion to his prudence.” Proverbs 12:8.
Prudence is the mind guiding the person step by step in action.

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Matthew 20:28.
Jesus was the accepted leader of his people because he served them always.

March 7.

“When sudden fortune disappears, riches are gathered little by little.” Proverbs 13:11.
Personal effort is the best guarantee of true apprecation of achievement.

“Behold, your king comes to you, humble, riding on a donkey.” Matthew 21:5.
The greatness of a person is seen from what he is, not from what he wears.

March 8.

“The words of gossip are tasty morsels” Proverbs 18:8.
Most often gossip is shriveled fruit of a mind atrophied by jealousy and envy.

“Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” Matthew 22:12.
The wedding garment is fashioned by the good deeds of daily life.

March 9.

“The first to plead is judged right; in comes the opponent and then the trial begins.” Proverbs 18:7.
Every action has two sides and no decision is valid until both sides are heard.

“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.” Matthew 22:21.
Whose image are you inscribing in your life by your actions?

March 10.

“There is a season for everything; a time for every occupation under the sun.” Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) 3:1.
Orderliness is the most basic aspect of success and must be learned from the cradle.

“The greatest among you must be your servant.” Matthew 23:12.
True human dignity comes from what you make of yourself.

March 11.

“Man can see the unfolding of an event, but does not see the word of God.” Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) 3:11.
Foresight is good but no person can see the full scope of his actions.

“Clean the inside of the dish first and then the outside can be clean as well.” Matthew 23:25.
A morally good life must begin with a true conscience.

March 12.

“God takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.” Wisdom 1:13.
This aspect of God gives the Judeo-Christian faith the way of life the positive look.

“Heaven and earth may pass away but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:36.
The message of Christ is as solid as the nature of man.

March 13.

“God made man to be imperishable.” Wisdom 2:23.
This sense of the fulness of life runs through the end of the Old Testament and the whole New Testament.

“You have been faithful in little things, now I will trust you with greater.” Matthew 25:22.
Each small action of the day prepared for the big actions.

March 14.

“Selfishness which is the devil brought death into the world.” Wisdom 2:24.
Emptiness, frustration, lack of ambition find their cause first in one’s own myopic self-centeredness.

“My father‘s house is a house of prayer.” Matthew 21:13.
Prayer is the expression of your daily life.

March 15.

“The souls of the just are in the hands of God.” Wisdom 3:1.
There is a sense of comfort and strength in knowing we are not totally on our own.

“Many are called but few are chosen.” Matthew 21:13.
Opportunity is present for all but only cooperation brings success and happiness.

March 16.

“Those who trust in God will understand the truth.” Wisdom 3:9.
To see the full import of an action, which is truth, takes time and patience.

“You must love the Lord your God totally and your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 23:37.
These two commandments are the whole law of Christ.

March 17.

“Those who are faithful to God will live with him in love.” Wisdom 3:9.
A persevering faith in and loyalty to self and others is essential to happiness and satisfaction.

“Blind guides! You strain out the gnat and swallow the camel.” Matthew 23:24.
True leadership does not get upset in minor matters nor ignores major issues.

March 18.

“Understanding is a man‘s gray hairs and blameless life is ripe old age.” Wisdom 4:9.
Persistence over a lifetime is the key to all widsom and maturity.

“The man who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13.
Persistent pursuit of the goal is essential for any success.

March 19.

“If life is shared with wisdom, there is gladness and joy.” Wisdom 8:16.
More and more we see how multi-facted is the biblical wisdom.

“Stay awake for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:13.
Each action of your life should be the action of your total self.

March 20.

“If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments.” Sirach (Ecclesiastes) 1:26.
Obedience means understanding the order and freely choosing to follow it.

“Receive as your inheritance the kingdom prepared for you.” Matthew 25:34.
Success and happiness are the deserved reward of persistent effort.

March 21.

“A faithful friend is the essence of life and respect for God attracts such friends” Sirach 6:16.
Satisfying friendship can be built only on solid foundations.

“As long as you did it to the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40.
Christian love and service is shown to the people in your daily life.

March 22.

“One man keeps quiet, not knowing what to say; another keeps quiet knowing when to speak.” Sirach 20:6.
Creative silence is basic to any productive activity in life.

“They gave him thirty pieces of silver.” Matthew 26:15.
The price of a slave - thus did Judas barter friendship and lose.

March 23.

“A hot tempered man provokes quarrels.” Sirach 28:8.
Heat generates heat and can become self-destructive.

“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.
Good intentions must be brought to fullness by perseverance.

March 24.

“A good life lasts a certain number of days; a good reputation lasts forever.” Sirach 41:13.
People may forget when you lived but they won’t forget how you lived.

“Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.” Matthew 26:52.
Violence solves no problems but gives rise to new problems.

March 25.

“If you are ready to obey you shall eat the good things of earth.” Isaiah 1:19.
Keep the laws of nature and nature will give you abundance.

“At that moment the cock crowed and Peter remembered what Jesus has said.” Matthew 26:74.
Self-confidence, misplaced, can easily become self-destruction.

March 26.

“Zion shall be redeemed by justice and those who repent by integrity” Isaiah 1:27.
Constancy, loyalty, sincerity, and loftiness of purpose assure satisfaction and peace.

“Judas flung down the pieces of silver and went out and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:5.
Judas sinned, repented, despaired and destroyed himself.

March 27.

“They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles.” Isaiah 2:4.
Killing and warfare must be replaced by planting and harvesting.

“Simon, the Cyrenean, was drafted to help carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32.
Hidden under this seeming insult, was the greatest honor Simon ever received.

March 28.

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of Hosts: heaven and earth are filled with your glory.” Isaiah 6:3.
Holiness is wholeness, integrity, completeness - fulness for all to enjoy.

“I was prison and you befriended me.” Matthew 25:35-36.
Every action of the day is the opportunity to be a true friend.

March 29.

“The Lord said: Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Isaiah 6:8.
The God of the Christians wants only free cooperation.

“Wait here and watch with me.” Matthew 26:37.
Sorrow is made more bearable by the presence of a true friend.

March 30.

“A child is born to us: a son is given to us.” Isaiah 9:5.
The greatest evidence of the creative wisdom of God is the birth of man and his role in the world.

“Friend, why have you come?” Matthew 26:50.
What is your purpose in approaching others - to help or hinder?

March 31.

“This child‘s name is: Wonder-Counselor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:5.
Wise counsel, the power to accomplish, peace in the family of man: these are the heritage.

“Then all the disciples deserted and ran away.” Matthew 26:56.
Often the biggest problems in life must be faced alone.