Sunday, August 11, 2019
MONDAY, 19th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow and Religious Founder Green.
[Eid-al-Adha, Feast of Sacrifice]
Dt 10: 12 – 22 / Mt 17: 22 – 27
Born in France, St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572 – 1641) founded the Order of the Visitation (1610) under the guidance of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622).
FROM THE 1ST READING: Dt 10: 12 – 15
So now, Israel, what is it that Yahweh, your God, asks of you but to fear him and follow all his ways? Love him and serve him with all your heart and all your soul. Observe the commands of Yahweh and his laws which I command you today, for your good.
See, the heavens, those that are seen and those that are unseen, the earth and all that is in it, everything belongs to Yahweh, your God. Nevertheless, it was on your fathers that Yahweh set his heart. He loved them, and after them, he chose their descendants – you – preferring you to all the peoples, as you can see this day.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 17: 22 – 27
When Jesus was in Galilee with the Twelve, he said to them, "The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands, and they will kill him. But he will rise on the third day." The Twelve were deeply grieved.
When they returned to Capernaum, the Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, "Does your Master pay the Temple tax?" He answered, "Certainly."
Peter then entered the house, but immediately Jesus asked him, "What do you think, Simon? Who pay taxes or tributes to the kings of the earth: their sons or the other people?" Peter answered, "The others." And Jesus told him, "The sons, then, are tax-free. But so as not to offend this people, go to the sea, throw in a hook and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin in it, take it and let it pay for you and for me."
In the first reading we see God's love for those who obey him and his punishment for those who disobey his commands. He has loved and fulfilled his promises to his chosen people, Israel, beginning with Abraham and Isaac. Led by Moses, God freed Israel from slavery in Egypt and brought them to their promised land.
In the Gospel reading Jesus predicts his passion, death and resurrection. He also shows his respect for civil authorities by paying tax for himself and Peter, "The sons, then, are tax-free. But so as not to offend these people.
. . take the coin [in the fish you catch] and let it pay for you and for me." Christians have to be law-abiding citizens of their countries: they are citizens of this world and of God's kingdom.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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