Posts made in July, 2019

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai . . . , he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant. Do pregnant women really glow?   Doctors say yes. A pregnant woman’s skin can flush because her body is making more blood, and her face often shines because her skin glands are especially active.   The woman may be aware of things changing inside her, but she is often surprised to learn that other people can see a difference too. Moses...

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The good seed is the children of the Kingdom

The good seed is the children of the Kingdom Jesus said it: you are the seed of the kingdom of God! Not just any seed either; you are good seed. Think about what that means. A seed has within itself all the necessary characteristics to grow into a particular plant and bear fruit. Just as an apple tree grows from a seed that was designed to bear apples, you are a seed designed to grow and bear good fruit for God. Believe it. Jesus has great...

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Good old Martha!

Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ.  Saint Martha (Memorial) Good old Martha!   She was never one to hide her feelings.   She had no problem saying whatever was on her mind.   You might recall that when Jesus came for dinner and her sister, Mary, sat down to listen to him, Martha had no qualms about complaining to Jesus.   Why wasn’t Mary helping her prepare the meal (Luke 10:40)? In today’s Gospel (John 11:27), Martha...

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All that blood!

This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you.  All that blood!   Imagining this scene might make us squirm a bit.   But blood played an important role in the everyday life of the ancient Israelites.   It was said that the life force of all living things was in their blood, and animal sacrifice was a natural part of their religious life (Leviticus 17:14).   So when Moses splashed the blood of sacrificial animals on the altar...

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