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Sower, Seed and Soil

Jul
15

"A sower went out to sow" (Matt 13:3).

The parable of the Sower is the first and most characteristic of Jesus's parables in Matthew. It a parable about telling parables, and it explains how faith grants access to an audience in stages, determined by the readiness of the hearer to hear and respond to the message.

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Trusting the Story

Jul
13

"Whoever endures to the end will be saved" (Matt 10:22).

The story of Israel (Jacob) and how he and his family went down to Egypt) is part of a longer rhythm of events that show how bad things come from good things and good things come from bad.  There is wisdom to be found in this lesson that helps us keep going forward, no matter what happens. 

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Joseph, Your Brother

Jul
12

"Come close to me, my brothers"  (Gen 45:3).

The story is told that when Pope John XXIII met a delegation of Jewish rabbis after he was elected, his greeting to them was a quote from Genesis 45, today's first reading: "I am your brother Joseph." 

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Called

Jul
11

"The Kingdom of God is at hand" (Marr 10:7).

The story of Joseph in Egypt is told with such skill and drama, it is not suprising to see some of its themes reappearing in the story of Jesus. Joseph, a beloved son, is betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt. He later appears to show mercy to these same brothers in a time of famine.  Jesus, also the beloved Son, is betrayed, denied and abandoned to his death by his disciples, but becomes their savior and the bread of life . 

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Listen

Jul
10

"The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few" (Matt 9 38).

Author's Note:   In my  reflection posted for Monday, July 10, I inadvertently focused on the Genesis reading assigned to Tuesday, July 11, the Feast of St Benedict. My apologies.  I will try to get back on track by Wednesday.  

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Face to Face

Jul
09

"Someone wrestled with Jacob until the break of dawn" (Gen 32:25). 

Jacob was at a turning point in his life. To fulfill his destiny he had to return to his ancestral land and face his older brother, Esau, whom he had tricked into giving up the family birthright. He may have been grappling with his own conscience, but the deeper meaning of the night encounter with a mysterious stranger is that he is also wrestling with God. From that face-to-face contest, Jacob will emerge with a new name and a new destiny as the carrier of the promise made to Abraham and Isaac. 

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God Revealed

Jul
08

"What you have hidden from the wise and learned you have revealed to little ones" (Matt 11:25).

As Jesus began his preaching, he realized that so-called wise and learned people did not seem to be able to grasp the Good News of God's love. It was too simple and direct for them. They were expecting theological ideas they could analyze and debate, something more sophisticated to match their intellectual discernment. 

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Jul
06

"Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do" (Matt 9:12).

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Choose Life

Jul
05

"I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living" (Ps 115).

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The Holy Spirit of Jesus

Jul
04

"What have you to do with us, Son of God?" (Matt 8:29).

When Jesus crosses the lake he enters pagan territory and encounters two possessed men living in a hillside cemetery.  He is outside Palestine, the territory of the Jews where his ministry is focused, but the universal scope of his message is shown in that the demons acknowledge that he is the Son of God and has power to drive them out. Evil Spirits bow before the ultimate power of the Holy Spirit.

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