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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people - Daily Bible Readings August 3, 2016


1ST READING
 
 
“I have bought you because of My love for you.” This is the true sense of the word “redeem.” A slave’s freedom can be bought if they pay back the master. It is from this that Paul’s idea of us having been “bought and paid for” by Jesus comes from.
 
Jeremiah 31:1-7
1 At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2 Thus says the Lord: The people that escaped the sword have found favor in the desert. As Israel comes forward to be given his rest, 3 the Lord appears to him from afar: With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you. 4 Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin Israel; carrying your festive tambourines, you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers. 5 Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits. 6 Yes, a day will come when the watchmen will call out on Mount Ephraim: “Rise up, let us go to Zion, to the Lord, our God.” 7 For thus says the Lord: Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say: The Lord has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel.
 
P S A L M
 
Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12, 13
R: The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
10 Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, proclaim it on distant isles, and say: He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd his flock. (R) 11 The Lord shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror. 12 Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to the Lord’s blessings. (R) 13 Then the virgins shall make merry and dance, and young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
The Canaanite woman’s faith is extraordinary. She has no right to approach Jesus, let alone request anything from Him. However, Jesus welcomes her and then grants her request. The Gospel is truly meant for everyone and God is not above denying the laws of nature and the religious and cultural laws of the day in order to get this message across. Let us be ready to listen to the new things that the Spirit will teach us.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.
Matthew 15:21-28
21 At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” 24 He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” 28 Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.
 
think: Let us be ready to listen to the new things that the Spirit will teach us.
 
 
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