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Reflection for August 30, 2007



Today's Mass Readings

The readings today carry the themes of expectation and also joy. There is the expectation of Christ’s return and the joy of being found worthy when that return occurs. Expectation is something that we live with on a daily basis, but it is the expectation of simple things: the coffee pot to finish making coffee, the beginning of the school year, or – more significantly – the birth of a child. All of these instances can bring toe-tapping impatience.

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Reflection for August 29, 2007

"To be Devout, Just and Blameless"

Today's Mass Readings

Today the Church keeps the memory of the martyrdom of John the Baptist. Known for his asceticism and his mystical spirituality, John’s martyrdom showcases two realities. The first was his own integrity. He stood by the truth. However, the immediate cause of his death was also the whim of a woman who was callous about human life. She merely made John a pawn in her game. Moreover, she did not hesitate to implicate her daughter in her own guilt, by making her demand the life of John. Both of these are realities of our times as well. That is why, the feast of John the Baptist is relevant two thousand years after his death.

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Reflection for August 28, 2007

"You have Searched Me and You Know Me, Lord"


Today's Mass Readings

In today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is upset. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus demonstrates the utmost patience when dealing with common sinners, when dealing with His own suffering, etc., Jesus’ righteous anger, however, is kindled again and again by the sins of the religious leaders of His time.

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Reflection for August 25, 2007

"Whoever Humbles Himself will be Exalted"

Today's Mass Readings

The book of Ruth, from which today’s first reading is taken, is a story that occurred during the time of the Judges. Thus, it rightly placed between the book of Judges and I Samuel. Ruth was not an Israelite but rather a Moabite women. She was married to one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi who were Hebrew, but had moved to Moab because of a famine. Tragic events (the death of Naomi’s husband and the death of Ruth’s husband) became the background against which this dramatic and beautiful story of loyalty developed.

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Reflection for August 24, 2007

"Your Friends Make Known, O Lord, the Glorious Splendor of Your Kingdom"


Today's Mass Readings

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Today is the Feast of the Apostle Bartholomew, known in the gospels as Nathaniel. In today’s first reading from the Book of Revelation, we find the Church described as the bride of the Lamb, the heavenly Jerusalem, founded upon the twelve apostles and the twelve tribes of Israel. Throughout its pages, the Book of Revelation displays, in the words of today’s responsorial Psalm, the glorious splendor of God’s kingdom. This is in part what today’s reading of the Gospel is about.

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