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Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus

Gal 5:13: You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, God of Deliverance, thank you for saving Israel from Pharaoh's grasp, David from the sword of Goliath, and Daniel from the lion's den. But, O Great Deliverer, thank you mainly all for the triumph of Jesus above sin at Calvary and his conquest over death at the vacant tomb. We long to see you face to face and thank you for our freedom. Waiting that day, guide me as we use this gift of freedom to serve your children and live for you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 30, 2011)
Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 67:2-3,5,7-8
Gospel: Matthew 14:1-12
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 14:1-12)
Herod had appreciated and feared John the Baptist because a great prophet and servant of God. John though did not fear to rebuke Herod for his disloyal relationship with his brother's wife. He finished in prison because of Herodias' jealousy. Herod, out of desire and a wish to please his family and friends, had John beheaded. Now his sense of right and wrong is pricked when he hears that all the people are going to Jesus to hear his significance of repentance and to see his mighty works. Herod is now troubled by the thought that the prophet he murdered might now be raised from the dead! Unluckily for Herod, he could not rid himself of sin by ridding himself of the man who tackled him with his sin. Herod's authority and influence was badly faulty. He could take a strong stand on the wrong things when he knew the right. Such a stand, however, was a sign of weakness and weakness. Where do you get the power of will and heart to choose what is right and to refuse what is bad? The Lord gives grace and help to the humble, to those who acknowledge their weaknesses and their irreverence, and who look to God for his compassion and mercy, wisdom and power.

Martha said to Jesus, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day"...


Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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