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Monday, 20 July 2009 01:38

O ne theme that connects the three Readings is that of consequences for one’s behaviors.  One theme that contrasts the Gospel from the first two Readings is the Gospel transmitting a message of inclusiveness.  Jesus stretches his hand (an inclusive behavior) and verbally extends his definition of who his brothers are (an inclusive verbal statement.)  

 

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Exodus 14:21-15:1

Exodus 15:8-9, 10 and 12, 17

 

M atthew 12:46-50  While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. (48) But he replied to the man who told him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" (49) And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! (50) For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."

 

 

Meditation by Elizabeth Furlong

A re you experiencing God’s abundance in your life? Are you sharing that abundance with your brethren? 

The first Reading from Exodus , for those of us in the United States , immediately brings to my mind a visual – that of the classic 1956 Cecil B. Demille Hollywood movie, The Ten Commandments, where this particular Old Testament story was shown and told in full artistic form.  I can still easily visualize the Egyptians being drowned in the sea and the favored population running up the sea shore to dry land and saved.  As a young adolescent and at that stage of spiritual and moral development, whenever I heard this Reading or read it or saw its movie version, I rooted for the ‘children of Israel .’  As I read this in 2009 as an older adult on my spiritual and moral journey, I react differently. 

I raise questions as to its meaning and wonder about its deadliness.  And, I wonder, do spiritually-formed adults in 2009 use this story to root for their favorite side in a war?  And, wish for such destruction of another population?

One theme that connects the three Readings is that of consequences for one’s behaviors.  One theme that contrasts the Gospel from the first two Readings is the Gospel transmitting a message of inclusiveness.  Jesus stretches his hand (an inclusive behavior) and verbally extends his definition of who his brothers are (an inclusive verbal statement.)  

In this glorious shrinking global world that we have been gifted with by God, may we practice inclusiveness of all.

Supplementary Reading

Wheat and Grapes

May God give you… the abundance of grain and wine. – Genesis 27:28

O ur home has a foyer showcasing a glass artwork with sheaves of wheat and grape fruits. We have the same design on the iron steel balusters on the stairs. At the entrance doors are glass panels etched with Easter lilies. All these are at the entrance of our house to remind our guests that we are redeemed by Jesus’ body and blood, which we proclaim boldly. It’s also a reminder of God’s blessings of abundance upon our lives — spiritually and physically. And He has never let us down.

Every morning I pray and claim His blessings. And blessings come, both big and small. The year that passed was a banner year for me. I brought home three trophies for being a topnotcher in three different marketing categories. My sales came early that I had hit my quota by mid-year and I had the opportunity to travel.

God’s promises include His abundance upon our lives. And His Word will not return to Him without doing what it’s supposed to do — to bless us (Isaiah 55:11). Donna España (Kerygma)

 

 



GOD BLESS US ALL!
 
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.



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