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July 14, 2018 - Unclean Lips are corrected by God’s praise.

Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin

Scripture Readings

“Unclean!” We might associate this with the image of a leper traveling through a 1stcentury Jewish town or the dietary laws given through Moses. However, in today’s first reading we see Isaiah declaring his own lips and the lips of his people as unclean. What does this mean? I consulted a few resources. Came to no definite conclusion but thought that maybe I can offer just a few options. 

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July 13, 2013 - Responding to Those Who Do Not Like Us

Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings 

I know a lot of people these days who really don't like Christians; one study suggests that non-Christians associate Christians with being un-loving, intolerant, and uncivil.  These views are particularly cemented this year by the issues raised in this election year - about health care and contraception, immigration, and other issues associated with religious freedom.  So, how are we to respond, as lovers of Jesus Christ, who also seek to love our neighbors?

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July 12, 2018 - A Relational God

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The prophet Hosea paints a picture of God as a loving parent (Hosea 11:1-4, 8e-9), a father/mother who is heartbroken by their rebellious child who has turned away from them.In this Old Testament book, Israel is the rebellious child who has rejected God and whom God is compassionately calling back.

July 10, 2018 - The Word of the Prophet and the Ministry of Jesus

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

While little is known about Hosea, a good deal is known about Israel during the time in which he prophesied. It was a time that followed peaceful rule and preceded the fall of Israel to the Assyrians. It was a time in which kings were assassinated, corruption was rampant, economic disparities were great, the rich increased their abuses of the poor, and Israel’s relationships even with its allies were rocky. To make matters even worse, as the prophet tells us, the people of Israel had taken to creating and worshipping false gods. In all of this, the people of God are about as divided from God as they can be. Naming this, Hosea promises that God will remember their sins and will punish them. 

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July 9, 2018 - Courted by God

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Every relationship needs to be revitalized over the course of time. Even though my husband and I have been married over 34 years, we both need those “special times”- weekends away or date nights- that help rekindle the fire of our love. In today’s first reading we hear how God wants to “allure” Israel back into a loving relationship with Him. These words are not just for the people of Hosea’s time, but I believe are words for our ears as well.  God calls each of us to rekindle our love with Him, so we once again can know the LORD.

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