Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
Reflections

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July 19, 2019 (Friday of week 15 Year B)

 

I desire mercy

 

Dear friends in Christ, to love and to show mercy to the other, are attributes of God that we must perfect in our lives. It is not so difficult to claim to be a Christian, but beyond what I say, what is my attitude towards other people?

 

In the first reading (Exodus 11:10-12:14) God ordered Moses and the Israelites in Egypt to observe the Passover. This first Passover involves the sacrifice an animal whose blood will be used to mark the doorposts of the houses where the Israelites lived. The animal will be consumed roasted and with unleavened bread. This animal is to be a year old without blemish. “It is the Lord’s Passover.” The houses marked with the blood of the Lamb will be spared of the destruction that will take place that night. “The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you …” If the blood of goats and bulls saved the people at such a time as this, how much more the blood of Jesus, who was like us in all things but sin. Jesus shed his blood to free us from our sins. It is the greatest act of God’s mercy— to send his Son to die for our sake and in our place. It is the blood of Jesus that saves us from eternal destruction. The Eucharist is therefore a participation in the Passover of the New Age. The body and blood of Jesus is our food of redemption. If God is so kind to do this, are we also kind in dealing with others.

 

In the Gospel (Matthew 12:1-8) the disciples of Jesus were hungry as they passed through the grain fields and decided to eat some by plucking heads of grains, but the Pharisees who saw them complained, “Look your disciples re doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath.” Jesus used the opportunity to teach them on the true significance of the Sabbath. God commanded the Sabbath observance, to give his people the opportunity to rest and to worship, it was not meant to become a burden and an opportunity to condemn. He gave the example of what David did in a time of desperation, whereby he ate the showbread meant for the priests with those who were with him, something that ordinarily would have been unlawful. He also told them priests in the temple work on the Sabbath in order to attend to the needs of others and they are not considered guilty. So He declared himself greater than the Sabbath—“The Lord of the sabbath.” We cannot claim to be worshipping God without being kind to our neighbours. The worship in the Temple or the Church must lead us to look kindly upon others and to treat them with love and care. “What I desire is mercy, and not sacrifice.”

 

Let us pray: Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen  

 

 

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