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Reflection for June 11, 2008 - The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Today's Mass Readings

We continue with our reflection on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). Even though we began the reflection on the Sermon on Monday with the Beatitudes, we are still only in the introductory section. In yesterday’s gospel Jesus called those who follow him “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” (Mt 5: 13-16). In doing so, he was giving his disciples the larger purpose for their calling. In today’s section (Mt 5:17-19), he gives them another broad instruction about the more particular things he will lay out later in this Sermon.

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Reflection for June 10, 2008 - Abundant Bread

Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

Today's first reading from the First Book of Kings is a great but much neglected passage. The Church has consistently interpreted this passage in light of the Eucharist. Just as the Lord through the Prophet Elijah was able to miraculously produce abundant bread for a year out of only a handful of flour, so the Lord perpetually multiplies His glorified body and blood in the Eucharist which we celebrate.

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Reflection for June 9, 2008 - Beatitudes – Yes, they really are blessed

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

“Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth,” is the psalm response for today (Ps. 121:2). While it seems to be spoken confidently, the psalm itself bespeaks a kind of desperation, and a confidence in the Lord because of that desperation: “I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me?” (Ps. 121:1). In today’s gospel passage, we are led also to lift up our eyes to a mountain, where sits our savior Jesus. The reading from Matthew describes Jesus climbing up a mountain upon seeing large crowds (Mt. 5:1). Jesus then proceeds to teach them, in the words of the now famous beatitudes.

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Reflection for June 8, 2008 - Piety Like a Morning Cloud

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

In Today’s first reading the prophet Hosea says to the people of Israel, “Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away” (Hosea 6:4). Israel always played hot and cold with God.

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Reflection for June 7, 2008 - Students Who Are Sent

Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s readings challenge us to reflect on both apostleship and discipleship.
As we come to the end of the Second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy, Paul charges his young protégé to persevere in the work of spreading the gospel. As Paul has been sent (the word “apostle” literally means “one who has been sent”) by Christ, Paul is continuing the apostolic line by sending forth Timothy. Paul knows that his time on earth is coming to an end; he is about to be poured out as a libation (2 Tm 6), that is as a sacrifice, in martyrdom. He has in Timothy, a successor in his apostolic work. Paul makes no bones about the difficulty of such a task – Timothy will need persistence to handle the hardships as well as wisdom to teach, to reprimand, to convince, and to encourage.

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