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

1 Cor 1:10: I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
  Let us Pray ...
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Loving Jesus, you have presented all of our prayers to our Father and we thank you for this grace. We promise that we will do all we can to bring glory to our Father, to live at peace and to serve in unity with those who belong to you. Please bless every family with more fervor for the unity that you desire. In Infant Jesus' name and through the blessed Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 29, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Martha
First Reading: Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34b-37
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 81:3-4,5-6,10-11ab
Gospel: John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 11:19-27)
When Martha, the sister of Lazarus and a very near friend of Jesus, heard that Jesus was coming to give respects for the lost of Lazarus, she right away went out to meet him before he could enter into her house. We know what gives us hope and joy in the face of death? The loss of beloved ones naturally produces sorrow and anguish of heart. What impelled her to leave the funeral party in order to seek Jesus out? Was it simply the company and consolation of a friend who loved her brother deeply? Or did she recognize in Jesus the hope that God would reinstate life? Martha, like many Orthodox Jews, believed in the life to come. The loss of her brother did not reduce her hope in the resurrection. She even gently chides Jesus for not coming soon enough to save Lazarus from an unfortunate death. Jesus does something surprising and remarkable both to strengthen her faith and hope in the life to come and to give her a symbol of what he was to achieve through his own death and resurrection. Jesus gave to her belief a new and deep meaning: He came from the Father to overcome sin and death for us and to bring back life to those who believe in him. Jesus states clearly the he himself is the Resurrection and the Life. The life he offers is plentiful life – life which issues from God himself. And eternal life – the fullness of life which knows no end. Do you seek the plentiful life which Jesus offers to those who believe in him?

The heavenly treasure and the pearl of great price...


Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time


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