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Reflection for June 22, 2007

"He Who Does Justice Will Live in the Presence of the Lord"

Sunday Mass Readings

God promise to Abraham was fulfilled because of his generosity toward the strangers. Even though God had made the promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, this promise remained unfulfilled for many years. In frustration, Abraham even had a son through his salve woman, Hagar. But now time has come for that promise to be fulfilled. And strangely enough, God came in the form of a stranger to announce the good news. This incident makes me ask a question. What would have happened if Abraham did not receive the strangers of was inhospitable toward them? I think he would have missed God’s blessing.

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Reflection for July 20, 2007

“This Day Shall be a Memorial Feast for You"


Today's Mass Readings


Today's first reading is perhaps the most important Old Testament scripture from the perpsective of the life of the Church and its Eucharistc life. This is so because today's reading discribes the very first Passover. Because of the passover lamb, the people of Israel woud be spared, whereas, the first born of all Egyptians, including that of Pharoah, would face death.

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Reflection for July 19, 2007

“I AM WHO I AM"

Today's Mass Readings

What is God’s name? Abraham did not ask that question; Isaac did not ask that question and Jacob did not ask that question. Moses dared to ask that question, though not for his own sake but only to get the mission entrusted to him some credibility. God’s answer to him was evasive, “I am who I am.”

The inability to name God should be interpreted as God’s arrogance, but rather, God’s awesomeness. Human beings are creatures; God is Creator. There is a huge difference between the two. The Israelites realized that. They called God “Yahweh,” originally YHWH (the absence of any vowels symbolize the fact that God’s name is unpronounceable. Yahweh is a word play on the Hebrew equivalent of “I am who I am.” Translated into English it could mean “to be” or “he causes to be, ” in other words, eternal.

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Reflection for July 18, 2007

“The Lord is Kind and Merciful"

Today's Mass Readings

Of all ways in which God reveals his self in the Old Testament, the burning bush is perhaps the most spectacular and yet the most personal. As we read this reading, it is easy to get carried away with the burning bush, or God’s determination to save the people. However, equally significant is God’s self-revelation. God is Holy! Thus Moses is asked to take off his sandals. The cry of his people has become unbearable to God. Thus, as the Psalmist says in the Psalm response, “The Lord is kind and merciful.”

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Reflection for July 17, 2007

“Turn to the Lord in Your Need, and You Will Live"

Today's Mass Readings

The people of Israel finally end up becoming slaves to the Egyptians. They were slaves for almost four hundred years. But certain events must occur before they can be redeemed. Once again, as in the past, if God wanted God could free them with merely his words. But we must remember that God wants to build a Covenantal relationship with Israel. Thus God takes the first step (Moses is called into Midian). He then waits for human beings to make a free choice, so that God can redeem them.

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