READINGS for 2006-08-05
Prompted by her mother... Matthew 14:8
In my fledgling business of setting up Christian concerts, I once explored the possibility of helping produce an amateur play. I made it clear to the lady I spoke with that I needed an answer about the feasibility within a week. She assured me she would have an answer by then.
Lord, You died to save me from MY sins. For this I have no words.
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
11 The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people, ?This man deserves death; he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.? 12 Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people, ?It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city all that you have heard. 13 Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the LORD your God, so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think good and right. 15 But mark well if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens. For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you, to speak all these things for you to hear.? 16 Thereupon the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, ?This man does not deserve death; it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.? 24 But Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah, so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.
P S A L M
Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
R: Lord, in your great love, answer me.
G O S P E L
This rather gruesome story depicts what can happen when weakness of character is allowed to rule the day. Herod knows that John is not a bad man. He may not like John for the things he had said against him. I do not believe that he has the courage to kill John on his own. However, with the help of another, he is persuaded to act. It is so important for us not to allow ourselves to become a stumbling block for others. We should avoid this at all costs, as sin, when multiplied can lead to acts that individually we would not be capable of doing.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Jeremiah 1-3
Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome
A HOUSE FOR HER IN OUR HEARTS
After the declaration that Mary is the Mother of God in the Council of Ephesus in the year 431, Pope Sixtus III dedicated to her the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. It is the oldest church in the West dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Does the Blessed Virgin Mary live in my heart?
Father God, give us hearts that love Jesus with the heart of Mary and love Mary with the heart of Jesus. Amen.
St. Mary Major, pray for us.
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