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Readings from August 1-6, 2011

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The Transfiguration of Christ
Giovanni Bellini, c. 1487

There is an adjustment in the Gospel readings for this week. Because the account of Jesus feeding the multitudes is read on the XVIII Sunday, the Monday and Tuesday following have alternative Gospel readings. Since the XVIII Monday normally has the account of the feeding of the multitudes, this year, the alternative is recommended: Jesus walking on the waters (Matthew 14:22-36). So on Tuesday, the alternative reading is also recommended: Matthew 15:1-2.10-14, the controversy about ritual cleanliness, instead of the account in Matthew 14:22-36.

The following saints are celebrated: Alphonsus Liguori (August 1) and Jean-Marie Vianney (August 4). On Saturday, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration.

August 1, Monday

Today’s Readings

Numbers 11:4-15 is another scene in the desert that deals with the "grumbling" of Israel. It appears between two events — the burning wrath of Yahweh on the people at Taberah and the institution of the seventy elders who will help Moses carry "the load" as it were of taking care of the people. Our selection focuses on Moses’ reproach to the Lord.

Normally, we would read the account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand in Matthew, but because it has been read yesterday, we read the account of Jesus Walking on the Waters (Matthew 14:22-32). Matthew has inserted here an incident involving Peter — and anyone for that matter who leads the Church through the turbulent waves of history — and the faith required of him.

Read about Matthew’s version of Jesus Walking on the Waters.

August 2, Tuesday

Today’s Readings

In Numbers 12:1-13, Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ brother and sister, confront him about his marriage to a Cushite. The seventy-elders have received the spirit of Moses, but Aaron, the high priest, and Miriam the prophetess have not. They would like to have a piece of the leadership role too. But Yahweh settles the matter by insisting on the relationship He has with Moses.

Matthew 15:1-14 is a confrontation between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees on the question of ritual cleanness. Only verses 1-2 (the narrative introduction) and vv. 10-14 (Jesus teaching about being clean and unclean to the crowds) are highlighted. The reproach to the scribes and Pharisees (3-9) is omitted.

August 3, Wednesday

Today’s Readings

The incident about the scouts sent to spy on Canaan is going to be a turning-point in the history of Israel in the desert. Because of this incident, the Israelites will continue to wander in the desert. The liturgical selection highlights the grumbling of the people in the desert. This theme is going to be taken up in the New Testament again, in John 6. The theme of entrance into the promised land is taken up again in Psalm 95:10-11 which, in turn, will be used in the letter to the Hebrews to motivate the author’s listeners to a more profound faith.

Matthew 15:21-28 is about the Canaanite woman who crosses the boundaries of clean and unclean in order to ask for Jesus’ help. The incident of the Canaanite woman is taken up again in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an example of a prayer of faith.

Read about the "Faith of a Pagan", here.

August 4, Thursday

Today’s Readings

Numbers 20:1-13 is about the Meribah incident that the Responsorial Psalm 95 recalls. The Lord responds to the clamor for water by telling Moses to address the Rock. Instead he strikes it twice with his rod. The Rock gives water but it cost Moses his place in the Promised Land.

"This Rock" writes St. Paul, "was Christ."

In Matthew 16:13-23, we find Peter called "the Rock". His faith will support the faith of the Church that will be built "on this Rock". In Aramaic, Jesus would have said: "You are Kepha and upon this kepha I will be build my Church". "Kepha" (or in Latin, Cephas) is the name that Paul uses for Peter.

Striking Water from the Rock

August 5, Friday

Today’s Readings

The Book of Deuteronomy contains the speeches that Moses delivered to the Israelites just before they entered into the Promised Land. The generation that left Egypt have all died away. This new generation of Israelites that were being ushered in the land promised to the fathers need to be reminded about the circumstances of their stay in the desert and their imminent entrance into a land they’ve never seen before. Moses tells them that all this is because of the love of God for them.

Matthew 16:24-28 is Jesus’ call to discipleship. "Whoever wants to be my disciple must forget himself, carry his cross and follow me." The theme of the sequela Christi follows Peter’s profession about the Christ. He is "the Messiah, the Son of the Most High", but in a way that not even Peter understood.

Read more about "Being Alter Christus" here.

August 6, Saturday

Solemnity of the Transfiguration Readings for the Day

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ is a celebration of Christ’s presentation by the Father as the Word of God and the inauguration of the Messianic age.

2 Peter 1:16-19 underscores the apostles’ memory of the Transfiguration as the evidence that there will be a Second Coming.

The Gospel selection is Matthew’s version of the account of Christ’s Transfiguration. There, Christ is shown in His glory with Moses and Elijah.

More on the Transfiguration. See also this article from the Mystical Geek.

Matthew 14:22-36
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22And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, till he dismissed the people.
23And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.
24But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
25And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.
26And they seeing him walk upon the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.
27And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.
28And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters.
29And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
30But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33And they that were in the boat came and adored him, saying: Indeed thou art the Son of God.
34And having passed the water, they came into the country of Genesar.
35And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent into all that country, and brought to him all that were diseased.
36And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole.
Matthew 15:1-2
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1Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying:
2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
Matthew 14:22-36
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22And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, till he dismissed the people.
23And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.
24But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
25And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.
26And they seeing him walk upon the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.
27And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.
28And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters.
29And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
30But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
33And they that were in the boat came and adored him, saying: Indeed thou art the Son of God.
34And having passed the water, they came into the country of Genesar.
35And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent into all that country, and brought to him all that were diseased.
36And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole.
Numbers 11:4-15
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4For a mixt multitude of people, that came up with them, burned with desire, sitting and weeping, the children of Israel also being joined with them, and said: Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5We remember the Ash that we ate in Egypt free cost: the cucumbers come into our mind, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic.
6Our soul is dry, our eyes behold nothing else but manna.
7A Now the manna was like coriander seed, of the colour of bdellium.
8And the people went about, and gathering it, ground it in a mill, or beat it in a mortar, and boiled it in a pot, and made cakes thereof of the taste of bread tempered with oil.
9And when the dew fell in the night upon the camp, the manna also fell with it.
10Now Moses heard the people weeping by their families, every one at the door of his tent. And the wrath of the Lord was exceedingly enkindled: to Moses also the thing seemed insupportable.
11And he said to the Lord: Why hast thou afflicted thy servant? wherefore do I not find favour before thee? and why hast thou laid the weight of all this people upon me?
12Have I conceived all this multitude, or begotten them, that thou shouldst say to me: Carry them in thy bosom as the nurse is wont to carry the little infant, and bear them into the land, for which thou hast sworn to their fathers?
13Whence should I have flesh to give to so great a multitude? they weep against me, saying: Give us flesh that we may eat.
14I am not able alone to bear all this people, because it is too heavy for me.
15But if it seem unto thee otherwise, I beseech thee to kill me, and let me find grace in thy eyes, that I be not afflicted with so great evils.
Matthew 14:22-32
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22And forthwith Jesus obliged his disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before him over the water, till he dismissed the people.
23And having dismissed the multitude, he went into a mountain alone to pray. And when it was evening, he was there alone.
24But the boat in the midst of the sea was tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.
25And in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them walking upon the sea.
26And they seeing him walk upon the sea, were troubled, saying: It is an apparition. And they cried out for fear.
27And immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: Be of good heart: it is I, fear ye not.
28And Peter making answer, said: Lord, if it be thou, bid me come to thee upon the waters.
29And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat, walked upon the water to come to Jesus.
30But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me.
31And immediately Jesus stretching forth his hand took hold of him, and said to him: O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?
32And when they were come up into the boat, the wind ceased.
Numbers 12:1-13
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1And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian,
2And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this,
3(For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth)
4Immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Mary: Come out you three only to the tabernacle of the covenant. And when they were come out,
5The Lord came down in a pillar of the cloud, and stood in the entry of the tabernacle calling to Aaron and Mary. And when they were come,
6He said to them: Hear my words: if there be among you a prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him in a dream.
7But it is not so with my servant Moses a who is most faithful in all my house:
8For I speak to him mouth to mouth: and plainly, and not by riddles and figures doth he see the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak ill of my servant Moses?
9And being angry with them he went away:
10The cloud also that was over the tabernacle departed: and behold Mary appeared white as snow with a leprosy. And when Aaron had looked on her, and saw her all covered with leprosy,
11He said to Moses: I beseech thee, my lord, lay not upon us this sin, which we have foolishly committed:
12Let her not be as one dead, and as an abortive that is cast forth from the mother's womb. Lo, now one half of her flesh is consumed with the leprosy.
13And Moses cried to the Lord, saying: O God, I beseech thee heal her.
Matthew 15:1-14
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1Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying:
2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said:
4Honour thy father and mother: And: He that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death.
5But you say: Whosoever shall say to father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth from me, shall profit thee.
6And he shall not honour his father or his mother: and you have made void the commandment of God for your tradition.
7Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying:
8This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.
9And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.
10And having called together the multitudes unto him, he said to them: Hear ye and understand.
11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12Then came his disciples, and said to him: Dost thou know that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were scandalized?
13But he answering them, said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.
Psalm 95:10-11
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10Forty years long was I offended with that generation, and I said: These always err in heart.
11And these men have not known my ways: so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest.
Matthew 15:21-28
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21And Jesus went from thence, and retired into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David: my daughter is grieviously troubled by the devil.
23Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us:
24And he answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel.
25But she came and adored him, saying: Lord, help me.
26Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.
27But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters.
28Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.
Numbers 20:1-13
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1And the children of Israel, and all the multitude came into the desert of Sin, in the first month: and the people abode in Cades. And Mary died there, and was buried in the same place.
2And the people wanting water, came together against Moses and Aaron:
3And making a sedition, they said: Would God we had perished among our brethren before the Lord.
4Why have you brought out the church of the Lord into the wilderness, that both we and our cattle should die?
5Why have you made us come up out of Egypt, and have brought us into this wretched place which cannot be sowed, nor bringeth forth figs, nor vines, nor pomegranates, neither is there any water to drink?
6And Moses and Aaron leaving the multitude, went into the tabernacle of the covenant, and fell flat upon the ground, and cried to the Lord, and said: O Lord God, hear the cry of this people, and open to them thy treasure, a fountain of living water, that being satisfied, they may cease to murmur. And the glory of the Lord appeared over them.
7And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
8Take the rod, and assemble the people together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak to the rock before them, and it shall yield waters. And when thou hast brought forth water out of the rock, all the multitude and their cattle shall drink.
9Moses therefore took the rod, which was before the Lord, as he had commanded him,
10And having gathered together the multitude before the rock, he said to them: Hear, ye rebellious and incredulous: Can we bring you forth water out of this rock?
11And when Moses had lifted up his hand, and struck the rock twice with the rod, there came forth water in great abundance, so that the people and their cattle drank,
12And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron: Because you have not believed me, to sanctify me before the children of Israel, you shall not bring these people into the land, which I will give them.
13This is the Water of contradiction, where the children of Israel strove with words against the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.
Matthew 16:13-23
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13And Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
14But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
16Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
17And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
18And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
20Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.
21From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.
22And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord, be it far from thee, this shall not be unto thee.
23Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.
Matthew 16:24-28
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24Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
26For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?
27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works.
28Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here, that shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
2 Peter 1:16-19
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16For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eyewitnesses of his greatness.
17For he received from God the Father, honour and glory: this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
18And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

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