Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel - Daily Bible Readings August 4,2015

Today is the Feast day of St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests. He was a supreme pastor. Different people have different gifts and we need to learn to rejoice in them all. Let us pray today for vocations to the priesthood because, without priests the Church will be unable to function. It is more and more difficult for men to choose priesthood, because there are so many options available to them today. The sexually charged nature of our society does not help either. Let us pray that young men will be able to hear the call of God even in the midst of these distractions.
Numbers 12:1-13
1 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext of the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman. 2 They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the Lord speaks? Does he not speak through us also?” And the Lord heard this. 3 Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth. 4 So at once the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the meeting tent.” And the three of them went. 5 Then the Lord came down in the column of cloud, and standing at the entrance of the tent, called Aaron and Miriam. When both came forward, 6 he said, “Now listen to the words of the Lord: Should there be a prophet among you, in visions will I reveal myself to him, in dreams will I speak to him; 7 not so with my servant Moses! Throughout my house he bears my trust: 8 face to face I speak to him, plainly and not in riddles. The presence of the Lord he beholds. Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?” 9 So angry was the Lord against them that when he departed, 10 and the cloud withdrew from the tent, there was Miriam, a snow-white leper! When Aaron turned and saw her a leper, 11 he said to Moses, “Ah, my lord! Please do not charge us with the sin that we have foolishly committed! 12 Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe that comes forth from its mother’s womb with its flesh half consumed.” 13 Then Moses cried to the Lord, “Please, not this! Pray, heal her!”
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 12-13
R: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
1 [3] Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. 2 [4] Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. (R) 3 [5] For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always: 4 [6] “Against you only have I sinned; and done what is evil in your sight.” (R) That you may be justified in your sentence, vindicated when you condemn. 5 [7] Indeed, in guilt was I born, and in sin my mother conceived me. (R) 10 [12] A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. 11 [13] Cast me not off from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. (R)
Priests are models of faith. This is a very difficult task in today’s world, as there are so many demands on priests and there are few priests who serve the people of God. Let us do all that we can to work with our local priests. Remember that they are expected to be accountants, administrators, pastors, models of holiness, great preachers, and many other things as well. The demands on them are limitless, but they are human beings like the rest of us. Let us share the load in their ministry.
Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.
Matthew 14:22-36 (or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14)
22 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. 25 During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. 27 At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” 28 Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” 34 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick 36 and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.
think: Let us pray that young men will be able to hear the call of God even in the midst of distractions.
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