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Reflection for July 17, 2007

“Turn to the Lord in Your Need, and You Will Live"

Today's Mass Readings

The people of Israel finally end up becoming slaves to the Egyptians. They were slaves for almost four hundred years. But certain events must occur before they can be redeemed. Once again, as in the past, if God wanted God could free them with merely his words. But we must remember that God wants to build a Covenantal relationship with Israel. Thus God takes the first step (Moses is called into Midian). He then waits for human beings to make a free choice, so that God can redeem them.

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Reflection for July 16, 2007

“Our Help is in the Name of the Lord"

Today's Mass Readings

We begin our reflection in the second book of the Bible, the book of Exodus. Exodus literally means “departure.” Obviously, we are referring to the departure of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. However, the events preceding the “exodus” are the formative years of a people who develop a sense of identity, develop a relationship with God, come to know God as their redeemer, and learn to trust God in the same way that their fathers in faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had done.

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Reflection for July 15, 2007

“Do This and You Will Live"

Sunday Mass Readings


It is often the case in the gospels that when people asked Jesus a question, he often posed a counter question and drew the answer from the questioner. We have one such example in the gospel reading (Mt 11:25-27). When the scholar asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus asked him the question what the Law proposed. When the scholar gave the correct answer, Jesus responded with a statement that is important: “Do this and you will live.”

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Reflection for July 14, 2007

“Be Glad You Lowly Ones; May Your Hearts Be Glad"

Today's Mass Readings

Two events of significance occur in today’s first reading. First, Jacob forms his twelve sons into the twelve tribes of Israel. And then he dies. Second, Joseph assures his brothers that even as the governor in Egypt he would seek to settle accounts even though their father was now dead. Thus, after providing for the needs of his brothers as a sign of his genuineness, he himself dies. An entire epoch in the history of the people of God has concluded.

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Reflection for July 13, 2007

“Trust in the LORD and Do Good"

Today's Mass Readings

Jacob’s trust in God and God’s care for Jacob are both showcased in today’s first reading (Gen 46:1-7, 28-30). As Israel (formerly Jacob) sets out for Egypt, he offered a sacrifice to his God. God in return appears to Israel in a dream and assured him that He would be with him. The promise of Israel a great nation is repeated again. God promises that God himself would go with him.

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