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Friday Fifteenth Week Ordinary Time

1 John 1:7: If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
  Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Jesus and the purifying his death brings to us. Help us today to live a more dedicated life. Thank you for the declaration that as we seek your will and live your life you are also forgiving us of our sins and cleansing us and making us new. Through the intercession of Infant Jesus, we offer these words of thanks. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (July 20, 2012)
Day:  Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading:  Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8
Responsorial Psalm:  Isaiah 38:10, 11, 12abcd, 16
Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8
Lectionary: 393
Color: Green
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 12:1-8)
The religious leaders tackled Jesus on this issue mentioned today’s gospel. The "Sabbath rest" was meant to be a time to keep in mind and celebrate God's goodness and the integrity of his work, both in creation and redemption. It was a day set separately for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving acts on our behalf. It was intended to bring everyday work to a halt and to give needed rest and refreshment. Jesus' disciples are scolded by the scribes and Pharisees, not for plucking and eating corn from the fields, but for responsibility so on the Sabbath. In protecting his disciples, Jesus argues from the scriptures that human need has priority over ritual custom. In their hunger, David and his men ate of the holy bread presented in the Temple. Jesus also quoted of the Sabbath work concerned in worship in the Temple. This kind of work was frequently double the work of worship on weekdays. While the claims of ceremony sacrifice are important to God, mercy and kindness in answer to human need are even more important. Do we honor the Lord in the way you treat your neighbor and rejoice the Lord's Day?

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