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Luke 22:39-71; 23:1-56 by Sophie Martucci (YAC)



While reading Luke 23:1-56 the first thing that struck me was how resistant Pilate was to crucify Jesus. Those who strongly disliked Jesus for having different views were so set on persecuting him that they did not care whether or not Pilate believed that he, “[finds] no guilt in this man” (Luke 23:4). Despite Pilate’s efforts to bargain a different punishment for Jesus, he was still crucified due to the Jews enmity towards a man with opposing views. They even freed a man, Barabbas, who was an actual physical danger to society for being a murderer but crucified Jesus for possibly threatening the power of the Romans through his religious teachings. To me, this related to modern day peer pressure since in today’s society that is a very powerful tool someone could use to intimidate people to join their side and become vulnerable. However the most important part is that like Jesus, we must stay strong to what we believe in no matter if we are alone or different from others because it doesn’t allow evil to prevail in the end.

Psalm 126 by Julia West (Rite 13)

This poem did not change my perspective, It was meaningful though because… God is a very important person and the poem was just another example of him doing good things. God is always there when we need him and help everyone. No matter how poor or how rich, he always there for anyone.

In the poem it was showing how god helped all sorts of people from different places, because he feels passionate about everyone. He is helping people in all sorts of ways and always manages to give the people just what he needs. We all appreciate god for how he helps a person for no matter how rich or poor where they live or what they do. God is there for everyone who needs it.

Lastly the poem was explaining how god got his name because of how good of a person he was. He earned his honor for how good of person he was. He treated everyone fairly and never showed discrimination. And for all he went through he was still kind loving and lets not forget how inspired. This is what the poem meant to me.

Psalm 126 by Carter Rolli


The story talks about how god is good to everyone and if they are sad or upset he will help them get out of it. Also, if good things are happening to them, god will try to have more good events. It talks about how even if he leaves during hard times, he will always come back and be wonderful to not just someone, but everyone. An example of this is where it says “we were the talk of the nations- God was wonderful to us” it shows how god changes a small community for the better and how he affects them positively.

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 by Spenser Thoma

The message from Deuteronomy 26 1-11 is to always thank god for what they give you. I relate to this message whenever we have dinner, we always do grace before we eat. I think that this is a great message for life and is something you should do before or after any special event. You should say thank you or do a prayer to show that you thank God. People usually thank God before they eat dinner, or before they eat dinner on a special holiday. Reasons to thank God could include that you are thankful for your life, your parents, your friends, and any other things that you would thank God for. 


Joshua 4:19-24; 5:9-12 by Samantha Glass (J2A)


I think that this passage is important because it parallels Joshua’s story with the parting of the Red Sea. It is reminding the people in the story and the readers to remember the Exodus and remember that God saved these people from slavery. Joshua sets up twelve stones from the Jordan which are meant to show the two stories of the rivers parting to save the people. The second part of the story also talks about how God saved the people from being slaves again and they were finally able to eat food grown in Canaan, their new land. Overall, this passage shows the importance of God and remembering the Exodus.

Luke 13:1-9 by James McKeon (Rite 13)

In Luke 13:1-9 it states how not all bad things happen to bad people. Jesus said “Unless you turn to God, you too will die.” Jesus was told that while the Galileans were worshiping, they were killed by Pilate. Jesus asked “do you think those murdered Galileans were worse sinners than other Galileans?” Because something bad happened to you doesn’t make you a bad person. This reading can relate into real life. For example, a blind person. Are they a bad person or a sinner because they are blind? And that is what the reading is trying to teach us. “Unless you turn to God, you too will die.”


Psalm 103:1-11 by Meg Taylor (J2A)




The passage that I received was Psalm 103:1 – 11, and I found it very interesting. While I may not always connect with many biblical writings, this Psalm was one that really stood out to me and is serving to be very impactful in my life now. I would like to share some phrases that especially stood out to me. To begin I immensely enjoyed the phrase, “GOD makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet”. Through this sentence, I felt a greater sense of gratitude towards God as I am able to more fully understand how he helps us. In addition, this phrase is important to me because I find it very relatable. Every single person in this world can relate to having some sort of problem or issues, whether its an illness/health problem, family/friends issues, or something at work or school- which is why I find it very comforting that God can help me solve whatever I am going through, and make it okay no matter what. Another quote that I found intriguing was, “GOD is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever”. I found this piece of the passage extremely reassuring which is why I am appreciative of this particular phrase. The message presented here is one that is important for everyone to hear. Going back to the idea or relatability, everyone has done something that they regret, and we’ve all made mistakes. Mistakes make us human, and I think it’s essential to the healing process to know that God does not blame us for what we have done, and, rather, he is accepting of our downfalls and can lift us up in our weaker moments. Overall, I found this passage to be extremely meaningful as it relays many special messages that are beneficial to the soul. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time reading this excerpt, and I know it is one that I will continue to utilize for many years to come. 

I Corinthians 10:1-13 by a Rite 13 Student


This means that when you depend on something so much and they think this is not enough you will be punished for it. The line that represents this is we must never try to get Christ to serve us, instead of us serving him. Another line, don’t be naive and self-confident, shows that if you think you are above everyone else you will be treated below everyone else and not equal. This reading also says that things are written down so people don’t make the same sins against God again. Overall you are serving someone at any point.



Exodus 3:1-15 by Gerald Creighton (Rite 13/6th Grade)


I think that this passage means, that God comes in all shapes and sizes, to people whom he claims are brave or courageous enough for his job. He seeks them out, and helps him to do what, God wants him to do.

People have asked me. “How would you react to God, if he reached out to you to do something?”

  I’m sure people would respond with “I would accept God’s request and do as he says!” or “I would definitely say no to God because I feel that I’m not up for the challenge.”

Something that the people who say that they would definitely accept, is that many others in the bible would ‘guarantee’ that they would say yes, but they eventually do encounter God, and they freak out. People are terrified, but amazed and honored that our almighty god, has chosen them, and they would be absolutely speechless. Stunned.

 And to the people who feel like they would say no,  many others believed that too. Moses didn’t believe he would be able to carry out such orders, but no matter what you think, or say, or do. Most would accept, despite what they said before hand. Because they know that it’s the right thing to do.

Now I personally, don’t know what I would say if God asked me to free his people, from slavery or sin. I think I’d have to experience it to know for sure.

As I said, god comes in all shapes and sizes to those whom he deems fit for the job. Those forms might be frightening. To Moses, he came as a bush that was on fire, it frightened, but also intrigued Moses. To everyone else, he later came as a vulnerable boy, a boy who was born in a manger. He brought the message of salvation and love to the world in many different ways, through many people. Who’s to say you might not be the next chosen servant?