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I desire mercy and not sacrifice

Matt 18:15: If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, forgive our foolish and selfish ways and ways of life. Give us courage to lovingly confront those who have sinned against us, but if we cannot bring reconciliation, help us through the power of your Holy Spirit to forgive as you have forgiven us. In Infant Jesus' name, and because of his atoning sacrifice for sin we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 15, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church
First Reading: Exodus 11:10-12:14
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 116:12-13,15 and 16bc,17-18
Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 12:1-8)
The "Sabbath rest" was destined to be a time to remember and rejoice God's goodness and the goodness of his toil, both in making and salvation. It was a day set separately for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving deals on our behalf. It was planned to bring everyday work to a halt and to give needed rest and refreshment. The religious leaders tackled Jesus on this issue. Jesus' disciples are yelled at by the scribes and Pharisees, not for plucking and eating corn from the fields, but for doing this on a Sabbath day. In protecting his disciples, Jesus argues from the scriptures that human required precedence over ritual custom. In their time of hunger, David and his men ate of the sacred bread presented in the Temple. Jesus also quoted of the Sabbath work concerned in adoration in the Temple. This kind of work was typically double the work of worship on weekdays. Jesus then quotes from the prophet Hosea I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. While the declare of ritual sacrifice are important to God, mercy and compassion in response to human require are even more important. Do we honor the Lord in the way we treat your fellow citizen and rejoice the Lord's Day? What does the commandment "keep holy the Sabbath" need of us? Or better yet, what is the primary meaning after this command?

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Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time


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