READINGS for 2006-08-13
?Since you are God?s dear children, you must try to be like Him.? ? Ephesians 5:1
Father, make me more like You each day.
1 Kings 19:4-8
P S A L M
St Paul is quite clear that we should be seeking to imitate God Himself in the way that we live our lives. This is a very high calling but it is true. Sometimes I think we can ?sell ourselves short? when we do not believe enough in our own dignity or the fact that God loves us so much that He wants to see us triumphant over the sin in our lives. It is never a part of God?s thinking to half overcome sin or not complete a job in our spiritual life once we have embarked upon it.
30 And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 [And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. 5: 1 So be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
G O S P E L
The Jews do not understand what Jesus is saying. They are not alone in their mystification. We still struggle to understand these words today. It just goes to show that it is not always easy to understand what God is trying to say to us. Let us pray for the grace to understand more fully the truth of the nature of the Eucharist so that we will better appreciate the gift that it is to us and approach our reverence of it in a fuller and better way.
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From a few verses in the Gospel of John, St. Thomas the Apostle emerges as one of the most vivid characters in the New Testament. When Jesus announces his desire to proceed toward Jerusalem, it is Thomas who issues the bold challenge, ?Let us also go, that we may die with him? (11:16). Later, at the Last Supper, when Jesus speaks in a cryptic fashion about the way he is going, Thomas asks, ?Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?? This evokes the famous response: ?I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me? (14:5).
THE BREAD OF THE HOUSE
For a time, I translated the word ?Bethlehem? as ?house of bread.? When I reviewed my Hebrew and re-examined the word, I realized that my translation was inaccurate, if not completely wrong.
Sts. Hippolytus and Pontianus, priest martyr, pope martyr, pray for us.
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