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Last Supper, Juan de Juanes

friday of the thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 381

The span of Sarah’s life was one hundred and twenty-seven years.
She died in Kiriatharba (that is, Hebron)
in the land of Canaan,
and Abraham performed the customary mourning rites for her.
Then he left the side of his dead one and addressed the Hittites:
“Although I am a resident alien among you,
sell me from your holdings a piece of property for a burial ground,
that I may bury my dead wife.”

After the transaction, Abraham buried his wife Sarah
in the cave of the field of Machpelah,
facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

Abraham had now reached a ripe old age,
and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
Abraham said to the senior servant of his household,
who had charge of all his possessions:
“Put your hand under my thigh,
and I will make you swear by the LORD,
the God of heaven and the God of earth,
that you will not procure a wife for my son
from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live,
but that you will go to my own land and to my kindred
to get a wife for my son Isaac.”
The servant asked him:
“What if the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land?
Should I then take your son back to the land from which you migrated?”
“Never take my son back there for any reason,” Abraham told him.
“The LORD, the God of heaven,
who took me from my father’s house and the land of my kin,
and who confirmed by oath the promise he then made to me,
‘I will give this land to your descendants’–
he will send his messenger before you,
and you will obtain a wife for my son there.
If the woman is unwilling to follow you,
you will be released from this oath.
But never take my son back there!”

A long time later, Isaac went to live in the region of the Negeb.
One day toward evening he went out . . . in the field,
and as he looked around, he noticed that camels were approaching.
Rebekah, too, was looking about, and when she saw him,
she alighted from her camel and asked the servant,
“Who is the man out there, walking through the fields toward us?”
“That is my master,” replied the servant.
Then she covered herself with her veil.

The servant recounted to Isaac all the things he had done.
Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent;
he married her, and thus she became his wife.
In his love for her, Isaac found solace
after the death of his mother Sarah.

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (1b)  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his mercy endures forever.
Who can tell the mighty deeds of the LORD,
    or proclaim all his praises?
R.    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Blessed are they who observe what is right,
    who do always what is just.
Remember us, O LORD, as you favor your people. 
R.    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Visit me with your saving help,
That I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    rejoice in the joy of your people,
    and glory with your inheritance.
R.    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
    I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time’s Reflection by Dr. John Bergsma" from Letters From Home by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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A daily morsel of Catholic education and faith formation.

The Bible

Contradictions in…

Question or Common Objection:

Isn’t the Bible full of contradictions?

Catholic Answer:

What may appear to be contradictions in the Bible really are not, when properly understood.  When we encounter a passage or something in the Bible that is seemingly contradictory, we must remember, God is Truth itself, he is holy Scripture’s primary author, and, as truth he cannot contradict Himself.  It is, therefore, likely we error in our understanding of what seemingly contradicts.  

Don’t fall into the trap of someone highlighting what they perceive to be a contradiction and wagging their finger at you or whispering in your ear over something they too fail to understand.  First, remember the scene in the Garden of Eden when the serpent asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” (Gn 3:1).  Don’t fall for such a trap.  When confronted like this, acknowledge that there appears to be a contradiction but then investigate with an open heart.  Open your mind to the possibility that you (or they) may be missing something and that you’ll explore, inspect, and examine to arrive at the truth.  

Stay close to the teachings of the church founded by Jesus Christ – who as the Word Made Flesh established the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church to help us to understand with the eyes of faith, and to not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always to be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.

In the sacred books the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children.”

Vatican II, Dei Verbum 21

The Bible is not always easy to understand.  There are many still today who believe that they – individually – can ascertain correctly everything in the Bible.  That well-intentioned but erroneous thinking, sadly, has led to centuries of confusion, misinterpretation, and lack of understanding that God’s people are living through to this day.  

Just look around you.  How many Protestant denominations do we have today?  It’s estimated it’s in the tens of thousands; each with a slightly different understanding of God’s Word in even basic tenets of the Christian faith like baptism, marriage, and salvation, for example.  The list goes on and on.  Don’t believe me?  Ask a Southern Baptist and Lutheran to agree on infant Baptism … (I’m not picking on my Southern Baptists or Lutheran brothers and sisters.  I use it simply to illustrate a point). 

As Catholics, we are blessed that the Holy Spirit guides the Church to interpret the Bible correctly.  If you don’t understand then seek understanding.  Go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church to discover what the Church’s teaching is on an issue.  Don’t be led astray like our first parents were in the Garden.  Rather, live in truth.  Live Catholic.

Other References:  Ps 119:105; Mal 2:6; Jn 18:37; CCC 106-119, 215-217, 2465

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additional bible study

"Day 183: Israel Falls to Assyria" from The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) by Ascension Catholic Faith Formation. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family,
we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united
in a love that is lasting, faithful,
and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, 
to forgive one another from our hearts,
and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,
diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family,
truly become a domestic church
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!


An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.
 

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope
 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. gospel of john 6:68).

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
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