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Reflection for August 1, 2007

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Treasure Buried in a Field "

Today's Mass Readings

Most of Chapter 13 of the gospel of Matthew is a collection of parables of the Kingdom of God – the parable of the sower, the parable of the weeds, the parable of the mustard seed, the parable of the yeast, and today Jesus preaches the parable of the treasure. This parable is related to another saying in the sixth chapter of Matthew, where Jesus says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and everything will be yours as well” (Matt 6:33). Let us explore both these messages of Jesus.

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Reflection for July 31, 2007

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Mustard Seed"

Today's Mass Readings

How is religion different from faith and spirituality? Faith is the human belief in God, spirituality is the private expression of it and religion is the organized expression of human faith in God. Today’s readings give us an indication of the beginnings of the first organization of Israel’s faith in God.

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Reflection for July 30, 2007

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Mustard Seed"

Today's Mass Readings

We can approach today’s readings from multiple perspectives – from that of Moses, from that of the people, from that of Aaron, and from the perspective of the Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. Let us lay each of these out in brief.

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Reflection for July 29, 2007

"Our Father"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s gospel reading provides us the only prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. Together with the first reading in which Abraham intercedes with God for forgiveness for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, these two readings provide us with important points for our own prayer life.

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Reflection for July 28, 2007

“This is the Blood of the Covenant
the LORD has Made with You"


Today's Mass Readings

Today’s first reading describes the most central and defining event of the entire Old Testament – God’s Covenant with the people of Israel. Thus far, God had made covenants only with individuals – with Noah, Abraham, Jacob. But now, he has made a Covenant with an entire people.

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