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« on: July 12, 2010, 12:57:22 AM »

July 12, 2010
Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/readings/071210.shtml

Reading 1

Is 1:10-17

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!
What care I for the number of your sacrifices?
says the LORD.
I have had enough of whole-burnt rams
and fat of fatlings;
In the blood of calves, lambs and goats
I find no pleasure.

When you come in to visit me,
who asks these things of you?
Trample my courts no more!
Bring no more worthless offerings;
your incense is loathsome to me.
New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies,
octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear.
Your new moons and festivals I detest;
they weigh me down, I tire of the load.
When you spread out your hands,
I close my eyes to you;
Though you pray the more,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow.

Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 Responsorial Psalm
R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold."
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?"
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
"When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think you that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Mt 10:34-11:1 Gospel
Jesus said to his Apostles:
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.
I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set
a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one's enemies will be those of his household.

"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

"Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet's reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is righteous
will receive a righteous man's reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because he is a disciple–
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples,
he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 10:06:36 AM »

Quote: Isaiah
When you spread out your hands,
I close my eyes to you;
Though you pray the more,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow.


Very reminiscent of the command in the gospels that if you come to the altar and realize you have a grudge against a brother to leave your gift, go to reconcile the grudge, and only then return to offer your gift.

If our approach to the altar is not reflective of a true devotion to God, as demonstrated by how we love and treat His children, then it essentially becomes just another burnt offering witihout meaning. "What I desire is mercy, not sacrifice." It is clear that God wants fasting of our hearts rather than just outward rituals.

It really goes to the whole discussion that springs up so often about external expressions of things. It continues to boggle my mind that we still have these discussions with people insisting that it's all about how we hold our hands or what we wear or what language we pray in rather than what is in our hearts. Externals can, at best, reflect our inward dispostion but don't necessariy do so and most assuredly do not cause the inward disposition to be better or worse.

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This is the effect of true charity, to be on good terms with all men, to consider no one your enemy, and to live at peace with those who hate peace.--Robert Bellarmine
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 10:51:39 AM »

YES!!

Too bad the ones who most need to recognize this are unable to see this.  Good post, John.
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