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Reflection for Oct 3, 2007

Let My Tongue be Silenced if I Ever Forget You"

Today's Mass Readings

The first reading from the book of the prophet Nehemiah is a continuation of the last week’s themes from Haggai. Nehemiah was a Jewish cupbearer for Emperor Artaxerxes (a cup bearer task was the taste the emperor’s drinks to ensure that it was not poisoned). When Nehemiah heard news about the state of Jerusalem (Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC and the inhabitants taken to exile to Babylon), he pleaded with the Emperor Artaxerxes to appoint him governor of Judah (Jerusalem was the capital of Judah) so that he could rebuild Jerusalem. The emperor agreed and Nehemiah proved to be an excellent governor.

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Reflection for Oct 2, 2007

God is with us"

Today's Mass Readings

Who will be greatest in Jesus’ kingdom? It would be helpful to understand a little more about this kingdom. The Jews of Jesus’ time were awaiting the end of the exile. The Babylonian exile had clearly ended, since the Jews had returned to the Promised Land, and, as we saw in the numerous first readings last week, had rebuilt the Temple. But the Babylonian exile only affected the Jews, i.e., the Judeans, those belonging to the tribe of Judah, although the tribe of Benjamin and many Levites were also included. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, only 2 remained in the southern kingdom, in the South, in Judea, where Jerusalem was. The other 10 tribes moved north to what became known as the kingdom of Israel. The northern kingdom was exiled by the Assyrians almost 200 years before the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. To this day, Jews speak of the 10 lost tribes of Israel, and many await the reunification of all 12 tribes.

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Reflection for Oct 1, 2007

The One Who is Least Among All of You
is the One Who is the Greatest"


Today's Mass Readings

“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest” (lk 9: 47-48). St. Therese Lisieux, whose feast is celebrated today, chose to be called “Therese of the Child Jesus,” because of her desire to have the simple faith of a small child.

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Reflection for Sept 30, 2007

Lay Hold of the Eternal Life, to Which You were Called"

Sunday's Mass Readings

In today's second reading (1 Tim 6:11-16), St. Paul to Timothy, where he writes, “But you, man of God pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.” In other words, St. Paul is encouraging Timothy and his community to be a certain kind of people. St. Paul is urging them to strive at developing a Christian character.

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Reflection for Sept 29, 2007 - Feast of the Archangels

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord."

Today's Mass Readings

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, "The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition." Thus, the existence of angels is clearly entrenched in our faith.

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