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Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, we entrust today to release any ill will or bitterness that we have against one of your children. We are sorry for not reflecting your grace and mercy which you lavished on us. Abba Father, we need the help of your Holy Spirit to surrender our claim on the wrongs committed against us and to treat those who have hurt us as full siblings in your family. Please empower us as we commit to follow your example in forgiving, even when it is difficult. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Colossians 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  Today's Readings ... (August 23, 2011)
Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 1Thessalonians 2:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6
Gospel: Matthew 23:23-26
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 23:23-26)
The heart of God's commandments is love - love of God and love of fellow citizen. God is love and all he does flows from his love for us. True love is unconditional, rich, and sacrificial - it both embraces and raises the burdens of others. Do we allow the love of God to change our whole life - including the means you think of others, speak of them, and treat them? Jesus used the example of tithing to demonstrate how far they had missed the mark. God had commanded a tithe of the first fruits of one's toil as an expression of thanksgiving and honor for his beneficial care for his people. The scribes, though, went to extreme lengths to tithe on unimportant things with great mathematical correctness. They were very thoughtful to minute matters of little importance, but they uncared for the needy and the weak. Jesus cautioned them because their hearts were not correct. They were filled with arrogance and contempt for others. They put unnecessary troubles on others while ignoring to show charity, especially to the weak and the deprived. They meticulously went through the exact motions of conventional religion while forgetting the truth.

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