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Reflection for July 27, 2007

"Lord, You have the Words of Everlasting Life"

Today's Mass Readings

Indeed, the Old Testament readings of this week have been the most important of the entire weeks in the liturgical year. Today, we have another significant episode of our salvation history being revealed – the Ten Commandments. These commandment form the core of the Covenant that God made with the people of Israel (tomorrow’s reading).

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Reflection for July 26, 2007

"Blessed is Your Holy and Glorious Name, O Lord God!"

Today's Mass Readings

As human beings, how much can we know God? Opinions differ on this matter. Some would claim that God is so beyond human categories that any knowledge about is both insufficient and impossible. As Christians we believe that Jesus was the Son of God and in his incarnation we do know some things about God for certain. Thomas Aquinas suggested that one can know but not in His totality of being. He also said that what we do know about God is by analogy i.e., God is not really father in the same way that we have human fathers. Rather, God is ‘like’ a father. In any case, the human capacity for the knowledge of God is the main theme for today’s reflections.

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Reflection for July 25, 2007 - Feast of James the Apostle

"We Hold this Treasure in Earthen Vessels"

Today's Mass Readings Today is the feast of the apostle James. James was the brother of John (possibly the Evangelist). He is known as James the Great to distinguish him from James the Less, or James the brother of the Lord, who became a pillar of the Jerusalem community, and is thought to have been the first bishop of Jerusalem (Galatians 1, 19 and 2, 9). With Peter and John, James was clearly one of Jesus' closest friends during his ministry. James was martyred at the hands of Herod Agrippa I about 41-44 A.D.

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Reflection for July 24, 2007

"Whoever Does the Will of My Heavenly Father is My Brother, and Sister, and Mother.”


Today's Mass Readings

The passage from the book of Exodus that we have as our first reading is one not only one of the most decisive moments in Israel’s struggle for freedom, it is also a passage that has implications for Christian living. On the one hand, this passage describes the final destruction of the Egyptian military power. On the other hand, this passage is read at every Easter vigil because of the waters of the Red Sea is a symbol of the “new life” that every Christian every experiences at Baptism.

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Reflection for June 23, 2007

"Something Greater than Solomon is Here"

Today's Mass Readings

The first reading from Exodus today sets up one of the most famous miracles of the Old Testament, namely, the parting of the Red Sea. For years the Israelite people had lived among the Egyptians, only to be enslaved by the Pharaoh because of his jealousy for their prosperity. During this time, many of the Israelites adopted practices of the Egyptians, such as worship of their gods rather than of their own God. Although they were enslaved, the Israelites were accustomed to that way of life. So it’s no wonder that the Israelites complain against Moses in today’s reading. They emphasize that they were perfectly willing to stay and serve the Egyptians, especially if the alternative is being killed by the Pharaoh’s army in the desert to which they had escaped. We see here the rather unsure faith of a people that have been enslaved for generations. Moses, must lead these people into developing a faith that is as sure as his own. The first reading ends by the Lord asserting that the Egyptians will know he is God by the miracle that is about to happen. God will now carry out what he had promised to Moses at the burning bush.

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