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Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven

John 3:17: God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, thank you that you live with us who are repentant and who extensive for your presence. You know Lord we are only mortal, but you love everyone. You know that we each one of us are flawed, but you saved us. You know that we are not ideal, but You sent Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to save each on of us. Thank you Lord. Through our Savior we offer our sincerest gratitude and praise. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (August 04, 2011)
Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney, priest
First Reading: Nehemiah 20:1-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2,6-7, 8-9
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-23
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 16:13-23)
Jesus sees in Peter's rejection a temptation to keep away from the way of the cross which involved submission and trust in God's will, and voluntary suffering and give up for the sake of others. Jesus rebuked not merely Peter but Satan, the greatest of angels who disobeyed and declined to serve his Lord and Creator. When Jesus told his disciples that he has to suffer many things, be discarded by the religious authorities in his land, and then be put to death, he also predicted that he would be raised on the 3rd day. Peter, always quick to respond, rejected the concept that the Messiah must suffer and be killed. Jesus plays on Peter's name which is the same word for "rock" in both Aramaic and Greek. To call a celebrity a "rock" is one of the utmost of compliments. The ancient rabbis had a saying that when God saw Abraham, he exclaimed: "I have exposed a rock to found the world upon". Through Abraham God recognized a nation for himself. This wasn't the kind of Messiah that Peter and the Jews predicted. They didn't understand that the prophet Isaiah, hundreds years prior to Christ's birth, predicted that God's Anointed One would come as the Suffering Servant who would be reviled, rejected, and put to death to in concurrence for the sins of the world. Are we ready to follow the Lord Jesus, to experience and die for him, that you may also enjoy in his glory and resurrection?

Great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire...


Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time


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