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Reflection for June 21, 2008 - Who is My Master?

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s readings continue the theme of idolatry and true worship of God.

In the first reading, from the book of Chronicles, punishment is meted out to King Joash because of his consent to idolatry. What we know, though from the verses immediately proceeding those of today’s reading is that King Joash wasn’t always so unfaithful. When he took the throne at the tender age of seven, he was blessed with the wise advisor Jehoiada who worked to restore temple worship and observe the Mosaic law. But after Jehoiada’s death (2 Chr 24:17) Joash is taken in another direction and when challenged by his old advisor’s son, moves to have him stoned to death instead of listening to him (2 Chr 24:21). What a changed man! This killing proves to be the source of Joash’s own downfall – all brought on by idol worship.

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Reflection for June 20, 2008 - Store Up Treasures in Heaven

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

A lot could be said about the readings for today. For starters, the first reading from the Second Book of Kings, although it appears to be a merely violent episode which doesn't make much sense out of context, is really about the issue of idolatry. Idolatry is dealt with in a very physically violent way in this passage, because of the eternal spiritual dangers that come along with such idolatry. The entire Book of Judges, for example, is about life without God. The major theme of Judges is chaos. This is what happens when the people cease following God, and it is arguably the most violent book of the Bible.

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Reflection for June 19, 2008 - The Lord’s Prayer

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s selection from the Sermon on the Mount from the gospel of Matthew, we find Jesus instructing his followers on prayer. The passage, not to mention the prayer, is so familiar to us that we might easily pass it over. This would be a mistake, however. As we often hear at Mass, this is the prayer “that Jesus taught us.” This is “the Lord’s Prayer.” This is the prayer of the whole Church.

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Reflection for June 18, 2008 - Your Heavenly Father will Repay You

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s reflection on the sermon, Jesus contrasts the way disciples are called to perform certain actions from those who perform actions either to be seen or those who perform actions out of insecurity and fear. Three actions are the focus of attention: prayer (relationship with God), almsgiving (relationship with others), fasting (relationship with self). Even though it is only three areas that are mentioned here, the supposition is that every aspect of the disciple’s life will be different from those of those who are not disciples.

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Reflection for June 17, 2008 - Love Your Enemies

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings

In today's Gospel reading from the Gospel of Matthew we encounter one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, sayings of Jesus: "Love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44). Loving your enemies is an important part of what it means to be Christian, but it is very difficult.

Jesus acknowledges that His audience has been told before to hate their enemies. For most of us, I think, we could find that much easier to do. Wouldn't it be nice if Jesus said that it was ok to hate our enemies? But He does not. Rather, Jesus says, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

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