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Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Heavenly Father, Most Holy Lord, we thank you for your gift of this new day. Please take control of our life and our will this day that we may be wholly yours, not just in word, but in thought and in deed as well. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
Matthew 7:13-14: Jesus said, "Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
  Today's Readings ... (August 22, 2011)
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4,5-6a and 9b
Gospel: Matthew 23:13-22
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 23:13-22)
Jesus was angry with the spiritual leaders because they failed to pay attention to God's word and they mislead the people they were supposed to teach and guide in the ways of God. Jesus gave a series of examples to show how ill-advised they were. In their zeal to win converts, they mandatory and burdensome rules which covered the more important subjects of religion, such as love of God and love of neighbor. They were leading people to Pharisees to a certain extent than to God. Jesus also chastised them for their evasion of binding oaths and serious promises. Oaths made to God were measured binding, but the Pharisees found clever ways to escape the obligation of their oaths when expediency got in the way. They forgot that God hears every word we say and he sees the meaning of the heart even before we speak or act. The scribes and Pharisees preferred their idea of faith to God's idea. They failed as religious best to teach others the way of God's kingdom because they failed to listen and to appreciate the intention of God's word. Through their own pride and discrimination they blindly close the door of their own hearts and minds to God's accepting of his kingdom.
Yesterday:

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow:

Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time


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