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Wednesday, 15 July 2009 02:52


W ithout remembering God’s saving deeds, I easily forget that I belong to God.


To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (Psalm 116)



Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


Exodus 11:10—12:14


Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18


M atthew 12:1-8   At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. (2) But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." (3) He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him: (4) how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? (5) Or have you not read in the law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless? (6) I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. (7) And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. (8) For the Son of man is lord of the Sabbath." 




* Meditation by Roc O’Connor, S.J.


T he first reading today from Exodus 11 and 12 should sound fairly familiar to many of us. It serves as the first reading at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This narrative of the meal Israel shared before the angel of the Lord passed over them also gives warrant to future generations to make memorial of God’s saving deeds.



I would like to say a few things about remembering.



My mother had Alzheimer’s when she died in 1989. She was almost 63 years old. Mom was a nurse all of her adult life. She would often say, “I’m not as bad off as others think.” She would say that dozens of times. That was hard on my dad, my sisters, brother, and her own mother and sisters.



I would bet that all of us have known someone who has had or now has this difficult and terrible disease.  There seem to be different manifestations of Alzheimer’s. Some wander. Some get very hostile toward others. Some enter that densely foggy place of not knowing anything or anyone.



Here’s the connection with the scriptures:



It is easy to forget God and the saving works of God accomplished on our behalf. I meet lots of people, deal with lots of emails every day, work long hours, and try to remember all the things I have to do. Busy-ness allows me to forget. Busy-ness fosters spiritual Alzheimer’s.



Without that memory, I’m never thankful, never grateful.


How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me?



Without remembering God’s saving deeds, I easily forget that I belong to God.


To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. (Psalm 116)



Without keeping the active memory of God’s saving deeds dear to me, I won’t really understand what Jesus means by, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.



So, what would it look like for the Christian Catholic community to resolve to function as a people of memory? For me, the first thing I would have to do is learn to slow down in order to remember. I’d have to take time to commemorate. Just like that first Passover. What about you?



May your summer days be memorable!







* Supplementary Reading


Grow up  by  Juan Carlos Ortiz




Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. – 1 Peter 2:2


A ny parent of more than one child knows that where two or more are gathered, you can expect an argument. I remember the special occasions when we would serve Coca-Cola at our dinner table in Argentina . Little eyes would watch how much was poured into each glass.



"Daddy, she got more than I did!" one would say.


"Yes, but I'm older," she would respond.


Then a third, "But last time you got more than I did."



I did not harshly judge in those circumstances. But if my wife and I were to argue over an inch of soft drink, it would be another story.



The difference is one of maturity. In the growing-up process, we gradually move from asking to giving. When we apply this to spiritual matters, we must then consider a person's spiritual age. That's why it's not necessarily wrong for God's people to ask him for things of the world, things for themselves. One Christian may be in more of a baby-to-Daddy relationship than another, even though salvation occurred many years ago. But the normal path is for each of us to move toward maturity.



What happens as we mature in Christ is that we can combine some of the elements of the Christian walk—forgiveness, peace, fellowship with God, a servant's attitude, and self-control—to produce a better, more common-sense approach to prayer. This becomes much more effective than mindless repetitions of prayer lists or frequent spiritual "hunger strikes." Not only our prayer, but the actions prayer motivates us to undertake, open up an entirely new world to us.




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What is your spiritual age? Are you acting your age spiritually or do you need to mature in that area of your life?


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Note:This devotional was taken from God Is Closer Than You Think  by Juan Carlos Ortiz,




PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.




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1 Thursday, 16 July 2009 20:18

The Jewish Passover.

The Passover was the most solemn feast of the Jewish year; it had been instituted by God to commemorate the exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt and to recall annually their liberation from the slavery to which they had been subjected. The Lord established (First Reading Year I: Ex 12:1-14) that on the eve of the feast every family would sacrifice a lamb: it had to be one year old and with no blemish or disfigurement. The whole family would gather to eat the animal roasted on an open fire, along with bread that had not been leavened, and with bitter herbs. The unleavened bread symbolized the haste of their exodus from Egypt, fleeing from Pharaoh’s armies; the bitter herbs represented the bitterness of the many years of slavery. They had to eat it hurriedly, with their feet shod and with staves in their hands, like people ready to depart on a journey.

The feast began with the paschal meal shortly after sunset on the evening of the 14th of Nisan, the first month of the Hebrew year, and went on for a further seven days; during this time no yeast was used in baking bread, whence it became known as the Azymes, or Days of Unleavened Bread. All yeast was removed from the houses in the evening of the 14th; in this way the Hebrew people recalled that sudden exodus from the land in which they had suffered so much.

All this was a figure and image of the renewal which Christ would bring about in their souls, and of their liberation from the slavery of sin. Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened For Christ, our paschal lamb has been sacrificed Let us, there fore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:7-8). The paschal lamb of the Jewish feast was a promise and figure of the true Lamb, Jesus Christ, immolated in the sacrifice of Calvary on behalf of the whole human race (cf St Thomas, Summa Theologiae, 3, 73, 6). He is the true Lamb who took away the sin of the world; by dying He destroyed our death, by rising He restored our life (Roman Missal, Easter Preface I). He is the Lamb who, by his voluntary sacrifice, really obtains what the sacrifices of the Old Law merely symbolized, namely, satisfaction to God for the sins of mankind.

Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, renewed each time Mass is celebrated, enables us to live in a continuous state of celebration. For that reason Saint Paul exhorted the Corinthians to cleanse out the old leaven, a symbol of all that is old and impure, so that they might lead an authentic Christian life (cf The Navarre Bible, Corinthians, in loc). The Mass, which we can also make present throughout our day, is a foretaste of heavenly glory. Having received so many benefits, is it possible not to be in a state of continuous celebration during your earthly life? asks Saint John Chrysostom. Far from us be any flagging of spirit because of poverty, sickness or the persecutions which oppress us. The present life is a time for celebrating (St John Chrysostom, Homilies on 1 Corinthians, 5:7-8), a fore taste of everlasting glory and happiness.

With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore. com (info@totusbookstore .com)

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