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Passover from Law to Love

Jul
20

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice" (Matt 12:7).

The Law of Moses on observance of the Sabbath had become an absolute rule regardless of circumstances. The Pharisees, always looking to find fault with Jesus, accused his disciples of breaking the sabbath by "harvesting" handfuls of grain to eat as they passed through a field.  Jesus cited an incident where David defended his soldiers for eating the bread of sacrifice when hungry.  His disciples were only applying the same standard. 

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Weary and Burdened

Jul
19

"My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt 11:30).

I have been reading "All the Way to Heaven: the Letters of Dorothy Day." Much in the news these days after Pope Francis mentioned her during his speech to the US Congress as an example of an outstanding American Catholic, Day is also under consideration for canonization for her service to the poor and advocacy for peace. 

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Time and Eternity

Jul
18

"The place where you stand is holy ground" (:Exod 3:6).

One way to enter the story of the burning bush is to imagine that Moses, who exists in time, encounters God, whose all encompassing Being is absolute and timeless.  The burning bush is the interface between history and eternity.. The bush is on fire but not consumed because it is happening in a timeless moment-- the eternal Now in which God us revealed as I AM.  Everything that exists, including the bush, the mountain, Moses, the land of Midian, Egypt, the entire universe, is dependent on I AM. 

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The Cry of the Poor"

Jul
17

"In your great kindness answer me" (Psalm 69).

The story of Moses is the beginning of the story of the rescue of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The God who brought Israel's children there under Joseph is about to make them into the Chosen People with the founding event of the Exodus.  
If there is a discernible motive for God's choice of the Hebrews, it is expressed in the revelation Yahweh makes to Moses from the burning bush.  He has heard the cry of his people, so God will act, for Compassion is God's essence, the divine name. 

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Total Commitment

Jul
16

"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will lose it" (Matt 10:38).

Discipleship is about a relationship with the Risen Christ that is total. By baptism we enter an intimate union with him that encompasses our entire lives, entering our human experience in all its aspects. Our joys and sufferings help us grow to maturity, but grace takes these moments and prepares us to transcend this life as we are bridged in Christ to our divine identity as children of God. 

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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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