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Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr

Heavenly Father, we look forward to the day of your next great surprise. We join the angels in position on tiptoe as we look to the clouds to see our Lord and your Son come back in glory and receive the welcome and honor he deserves. We praise you for that day now, still though we only see it by confidence. Until we see you on that day, please know our heart's wish is to serve you, even when our weakness gets in our way of showing it as fully as we should. We offer you our sincerest thanks and praise in Infant Jesus' name. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
  Today's Readings ... (August 10, 2011)
Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr
First Reading: 2Corinthians 9:6-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 112:1-2,5-6,7-8,9
Gospel: John 12:24-26
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 12:24-26)
Jesus drew his parables from the ordinary everyday situations of life. His listeners, rural folk in Palestine, could without difficulty understand the principle of new life shaped by dead seeds sown into the earth. What is the spiritual similarity which Jesus alludes to? Is this, maybe, a veiled orientation to his own imminent death on the cross and resurrection? The idea of the grain of wheat dying in the earth in order to produce and bear a harvest can be seen as a symbol of Jesus' own crucifixion and death and burial in the tomb and his resurrection. Jesus knew that the only way to conquest over the power of sin and death was by the cross. Jesus reversed the curse of our first parents' defiance through his submission to the Loving Father's will – his readiness to go to the cross to pay the just fine for our sins and to overcome death once and for all. His compliance and death on the cross obtain for us liberty and new life in the Holy Spirit. His cross frees us from the oppression of sin and death and shows us the way of ideal love. There is a great absurdity here. Death leads to life. When one "die" to oneself, he "rise" to new life in Jesus Christ.

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