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Reflection for August 7, 2007

"O, You of Little Faith"

Today's Mass Readings

It is not uncommon for us and for those around us to sometimes feel insecure. Sometimes we feel insecure at other people’s talents, or that someone else will assume the role we play, or simply because we do assess our own capabilities positively. Is insecurity only a psychological abnormality or is it also a spiritual problem?

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Reflection for August 6, 2007

"This is my Beloved Son"


Today's Mass Readings


Today is the feast of the transfiguration of Jesus. While this event parallels the baptism of Jesus in some ways, its significance is unique for other reasons. Before we proceed toward a deeper reflection on the transfiguration, we might was to remind ourselves that Pope John Paul II included the transfiguration of Jesus in the luminous mysteries of the rosary.

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Reflection for August 5, 2007

Please see the homily for August 5, 2007 under "Sunday Homilies" for today's reflection.

Reflection for August 4, 2007

Do not Deal Unfairly, But Stand in Fear of Your God
Today's Mass Readings

I am sure most of us remember the turn of the century. The then Pope, John Paul II had declared the year 2000 as a Jubilee Year. The concept of the Jubilee Year is taken from today’s first reading from the book of Leviticus. The purpose of the Jubilee Year is most relevant today at a time when world poverty is increasing, when the gap between the rich and the poor is increasing and when the world is paying the cost of years of environmental irresponsibility. Surprisingly, the ancient Israelite society provided a just way to addresses the needs of the poor, the landless, the animals and nature.

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Reflection for August 3, 2007

"We are One Body, the Body of Christ"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s reading from the book of Leviticus (The priest of the Israelites came from the tribe of Levi of which Aaron was one, thus, the name of the book, Leviticus), takes us further into the religious life of the Israelites. Unlike the society of our times, the Israelite society revolved around the Temple and certain feasts. A summary of the feasts is given in today's first reading. The Passover was the most important of feasts. Connected the Passover was the Feast of the Unleavened Bread (related with the Passover, when the Israelites in slavery eat unleavened bread), the Feast of the First Fruits (harvest festival at the beginning of harvest where the first of the seasons fruits are offered to the Lord), the Day of the Atonement or Yom Kipur (where the entire nation repented for their sins) and the Feast of the Booths/Tabernacles (celebrated in remembrance of the forefathers who dwelt in booth in the wilderness and in thanksgiving for the permanent abode given in the Promised Land).

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