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Fr O'Neill's Daily Mass Reflections

August 2017

Aug 18

Friday August 18 - Week 19 - St Jane Frances DeChantel

In the first reading God recounts through Joshua the story of the chosen people as they begin their time the promised land. This renewal of the covenant conditions allows the chosen people to return to the first principles from which they had strayed so often over the years. In the Gospel that Pharisees are trying to bait Jesus into an...
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Aug 17

Thursday August 17 - Week 19

In the first reading from the Book of Joshua the Israelites are about to experience the fulfillment of the promise made by God to Abraham that they would inherit the promised land, the land of milk and honey, the land of Canaan. Joshua led them across the Jordan River as the Ark of the Covenant carried by the priests miraculously held the...
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Aug 14

Monday August 14 - Feast of St Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr

In the first reading today Moses reminds the chosen people the responsibilities and the benefits of covenant relationship with God. He reminds them of blessings they have to be who they are as God's people.  In the Gospel Jesus reminds his disciples that although they have to give their allegiance to he and his Father, the civil...
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Aug 12

Saturday August 12 - Week 18

In today's first reading from the  Book of Deuteronomy, we hear beautiful prayer of the Shema - Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God the Lord alone. Therefore you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart....  This prayer in its entirety was taught to children and worn on the wrists or forehead of the...
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Aug 10

Thursday August 10 - Week 18 - Feast of St Lawrence - Martyr

In the first reading today from the letter to the Corinthians, St Paul reminds us that we reap what we sow.  That guidance from St. Paul shines the light on the motivation for the good works we do.  He uses the example of how the Lord loves a cheerful giver.  If we do our good works begrudgingly, the works still get...
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Aug 8

Wednesday August 9 - Week 18

Fear and Faith - opposite poles in life. The first reading from the Book of Numbers shows the Chosen People turning away (again) from the Lord and becoming paralyzed in fear of the people who inhabited the land they were told by the Lord was theirs. Fear is rooted in lack of faith ... the faith that htey needed to uphold their end of the...
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Aug 8

Tuesday August 8 - Week 18 - Feast of St Dominic

 Aaron and Miriam try to compromise Moses' authority by questioning  whether he is the only one who can speak with God.  After all, they reasoned, they too were in relationship with God as prophets as was Moses. What made him so special? Their pride got the best of them and God called them out because of it. Pride cannot...
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Aug 7

Monday August 7 - Week 18

 This morning's first reading continues with the Book of Numbers and the Jewish people wandering in the desert. They are complaining to Moses that all they have to eat is manna and reminding him that in Egypt although they were slaves at least they had fish and meat to eat. Moses is overwhelmed by their complaining and we here this in...
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Aug 5

Saturday August 5 - Week 17

Today we move from the Book of Exodus to the Book of Levitcus which chronicles the feasts and constructs of the laws born from adhearance to the 10 Commandments God gave to His people through Moses. The feasts of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah were created to allow the people a focused time of repentence collectively and individually for sins...
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Aug 2

Wednesday August 2 - Week 17

In the continuing story from Exodus, Moses comes out from the Meeting Tent with God visibly changed from when he entered - transfigured ... In the Gospel, Jesus explains the Kingdom of God as the discovered buried treasue or fine pearl... it is life changing when we truly experience the presence of God in our lives.  Insofar as sharing...
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Aug 1

Tuesday August 1 - Week 17

God and Moses have a new place to converse.. the Meeting Tent. Moses speaks to God for the people and God speaks through Moses to the people. The Tent is their assurance of God's abiding presence. All things changed with the Incarnation of Jesus. Through our Baptisms we are no longer called slaves, but friends - adopted sons and daughters...
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