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Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
On three special occasions the Gospels record that Jesus predicted he would endure great suffering through betrayal, rejection, and the punishment of a cruel death. The Jews resorted to stoning and the Romans to crucifixion the most painful and embarrassing death they could devise for criminals they wanted to eliminate. No wonder the apostles were greatly distressed at such a prediction! If Jesus their Master were put to death, then they would likely receive the same treatment by their enemies. Jesus called himself the "Son of Man" because this was a Jewish title for the Messiah which the prophet Daniel wrote about. Why must the Messiah be rejected and killed? Did not God promise that his Anointed One would deliver his people from their domination and establish a kingdom of peace and justice? The prophet Isaiah had foretold that it was God's will that the "Suffering Servant" make compensation for sins through his suffering and death. Jesus paid the price for our redemption with his blood. Slavery to sin is to want the wrong things and to be in bondage to destructive desires. The ransom Jesus paid sets us free from the worst tyranny possible the domination of sin and the fear of death. Jesus' victory did not end with death but victory over the tomb. Jesus defeated the powers of death through his resurrection. Do we want the greatest freedom possible, the freedom to live as God truly meant us to live as his sons and daughters?
Word of the Day...
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we confess to you that we sometimes lose sight of how precious our body is to you. With aging and the other challenges that daily remind us that our body is a vessel of decay, we find it hard to believe that we can glorify you with it. Please, through your indwelling Spirit, quicken in us a deeper reverence and admiration of your presence in me. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 12, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 413
Colour: Green
First Reading: Dt 10:12-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 17:22-27
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 17:22-27
22As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were greatly distressed. 24 When they came to Caper'na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the tax?" 25 He said, "Yes." And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?" 26 And when he said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself."


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