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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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Reflection for July 27, 2007

"Lord, You have the Words of Everlasting Life"

Today's Mass Readings

Indeed, the Old Testament readings of this week have been the most important of the entire weeks in the liturgical year. Today, we have another significant episode of our salvation history being revealed – the Ten Commandments. These commandment form the core of the Covenant that God made with the people of Israel (tomorrow’s reading).

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