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Articles Archive for July 2009

The Festivals of Yahweh
Friday, 31 Jul, 2009 – 18:05 | No Comment
The Festivals of Yahweh

Today’s Readings
Leviticus 23 is where Yahweh tells Moses the festivals that the Israelites should keep in remembrance of the favors that has been shown them. This is one of the ways Israel should keep before …

The Temple in the Desert
Thursday, 30 Jul, 2009 – 18:47 | No Comment
The Temple in the Desert

 
Today’s Readings
An integral part of the retraining of Israel is to be at home with the Dwelling-Place of Yahweh. Beginning Exodus 35:4 the Tabernacle of the Lord is constructed using the ornaments that the Israelites …

God’s Glory on the Face of Moses and St. Martha
Thursday, 30 Jul, 2009 – 1:43 | No Comment
God’s Glory on the Face of Moses and St. Martha

Today’s Readings
The Glory of God on Moses’ Face
In Exodus 34 the two tablets of stones that Moses broke because of the Golden Calf Incident is remade. There are however additional commandments given — a …

The Tent of Meeting and Moses’ Prominence
Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2009 – 0:58 | No Comment
The Tent of Meeting and Moses’ Prominence

Today’s Readings
With the Golden Calf incident, Yahweh began to distance himself from Israel. This distancing will have “physical” signs. The first sign is that the people of Israel will no longer wear their ornaments. They …

18th-20th Sunday: Conversations on the Bread of Life
Monday, 27 Jul, 2009 – 0:37 | No Comment
18th-20th Sunday:  Conversations on the Bread of Life

 John 6 replaces the gospel of Mark from the 17th to the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time.  Below are the available articles for the 18th-20th Sundays. 

18th Sunday

Guide for the Gospel: John 6:24-35
Ephesians 4:17-24
Sunday Thoughts: …

The Golden Calf Incident
Monday, 27 Jul, 2009 – 0:06 | No Comment
The Golden Calf Incident

Today’s Readings
The Golden Calf incident in Exodus 32 will have two significant effects on the subsequent Israelite history of salvation: first, the Levitical priesthood will be raised above the Aaronite priesthood and will become the …

The Ten Words
Friday, 24 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | One Comment
The Ten Words

Today’s Readings
Exodus 20:1-17 are the “Ten Words” (see Exodus 34:28;Deut.4:13;10:4) which the finger of God originally wrote on two tablets, but which, because of the Golden Calf incident (Ex. 32) had to be rewritten by …

Sinai
Thursday, 23 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Sinai

Today’s Readings
The Israelites reach Sinai and now are told to prepare for their meeting with the Lord. This event prepares for the giving of the Law in Exodus 20. Below are some things about Mount …

Manna
Wednesday, 22 Jul, 2009 – 23:27 | No Comment
Manna

 
Today’s Readings
 The incident of the Manna in the desert was provoked by the murmurring of the Israelites.  “Manna” means “What is it?”, the question that the Israelites asked when they saw “fine flakes like hoarfrost” …

Crossing the Sea of Reeds
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 5:37 | No Comment
Crossing the Sea of Reeds

Today’s Readings
The account of the parting of the sea is a historical experience that has been “enhanced” by subsequent remembrance of the event in the liturgy of Israel. How the sea “parted” is a matter …

The Exodus Begins
Saturday, 18 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
The Exodus Begins

Today’s Readings
 The lectio cursiva skips the promulgation of the Passover (12:14–28), the execution of the Egyptian first-born (12:29–30) and the permission for the Israelites to depart from Egypt (12:31–36).  The present selection highlights the following:

the …

The Passover of the Lord
Friday, 17 Jul, 2009 – 18:03 | No Comment
The Passover of the Lord

 
Today’s Reading
On the night of the tenth plague, the Lord prepares his people for departure from the land of Egypt, the land of their 430 years of slavery (see Exodus 12:41). The institution of the …

I AM
Friday, 17 Jul, 2009 – 6:40 | No Comment
I AM

Today’s Reading
The selection from Exodus 3:13-20 is about the call of Moses and God’s revelation to Him as “I Am”. The narrative is introduced by a clause at the end of Exodus 2

(T)he Israelites …

Joseph Sold into Slavery
Wednesday, 8 Jul, 2009 – 16:13 | No Comment
Joseph Sold into Slavery

The day’s selection is from the Joseph cycle: Jacob’s son who was sold by his brothers, rose to fame in Pharaoh’s court and saved his family from famine. The story also tells us how the …

Jacob Becomes Israel
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
Jacob Becomes Israel

Today’s Readings
We jump several episodes to get to the present narrative. Jacob has amassed wealth working for Laban. He has now children from his two wives, Rachel and Leah. And now he returns …

Bethel
Monday, 6 Jul, 2009 – 2:20 | No Comment
Bethel

Israelite history before the destruction of the Kingdoms of Samaria (721 BC) and of Judah (587 BC) remembers Bethel which according to tradition was formerly called Luz and renamed House of God by Jacob. It …

The Blessing for Jacob
Saturday, 4 Jul, 2009 – 8:00 | No Comment
The Blessing for Jacob

Today’s Reading
We begin reading the story of Jacob. And the story begins with Jacob claiming the paternal blessing intended for Esau as his own. The story somehow follows a pattern: of younger sons receiving blessing …

Items for the 14th, 15th and 16th Sundays of OT, Year B
Friday, 3 Jul, 2009 – 3:00 | No Comment
Items for the 14th, 15th and 16th Sundays of OT, Year B

This blogsite hasn’t been updated for two weeks not because of negligence but because I have been working on new articles at Res Biblica and the Bible Workshop. Articles for the 14th to the …

Feast of St. Thomas
Friday, 3 Jul, 2009 – 2:24 | No Comment
Feast of St. Thomas

Today’s Readings
The gospel reading for today is also read during Dominica in albis every year and tells the story depicted by Caravaggio in the above illustration.  I have written two articles on the …