READINGS for 2006-07-19
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth?? ? Matthew 11:25
I don?t always start my day right.
From the rising of the sun to its setting, may You, O Lord be praised!
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16
The Jews saw the wrath of God towards their unfaithfulness expressed in their military defeats to pagan nations. Today, we would not understand it in stark terms. Rather we would see that it is the consequences of the peoples? sins that Israel no longer reigns supreme over that part of the world. Sin always brings tragic consequences. Though at times they may be a while in coming or difficult to see. We can always be sure that they will come. The only way to avoid such tragedy is by remaining faithful to our commitment to God. Even then, the sins of others can still visit tragedy upon us. This is the unjust nature of sin expressing itself in our lives.
5 Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath. 6 Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I order him to seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets. 7 But this is not what he intends, nor does he have this in mind; rather, it is in his heart to destroy, to make an end of nations not a few. 13 and the boastfulness of his haughty eyes. For he says, ?By my own power I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd. I have moved the boundaries of peoples, their treasures I have pillaged, and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned. 14 My hand has seized like a nest the riches of nations; as one takes eggs left alone, so I took in all the earth; no one fluttered a wing, or opened a mouth, or chirped!? 15 Will the axe boast against him who hews with it? Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it? As if a rod could sway him who lifts it, or a staff him who is not wood! 16 Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will send among his fat ones leanness, and instead of his glory there will be kindling like the kindling of fire.
P S A L M
Psalm 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
R: The Lord will not abandon his people.
5 Your people, O LORD, they trample down, your inheritance they afflict. 6 Widow and stranger they slay, the fatherless they murder. (R) 7 And they say, ?The LORD sees not; the God of Jacob perceives not.? 8 Understand, you senseless ones among the people; and, you fools, when will you be wise? (R) 9 Shall he who shaped the ear not hear? or he who formed the eye not see? 10 Shall he who instructs nations not chastise, he who teaches men knowledge? (R) 14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, nor abandon his inheritance; 15 but judgment shall again be with justice, and all the upright of heart shall follow it. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus rejoices in that it is those who live simple lives who will draw the greatest benefits from the Gospel He proclaims. The Gospel comes to all people on exactly the same basis ? faith! In this way there is no one who has an advantage. It is freely given to all who choose the path of faith in their life. Is there a better sign of God?s love for all people than this? I do not think so. If the Gospel had favored one group or another, then perhaps God could be accused of some sort of bias or favoritism. As it is, this is not the case.
25 At that time Jesus said in reply, ?I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.?
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