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A New Situation and a New Presence (Deuteronomy 10)

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Founder of the Dominicans

Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Deuteronomy 10:12-22
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147
  • Gospel Reading:  Matthew 17:22-27

On Deuteronomy 10

Moses is instructed to build an ark of acacia wood and place there all the reminders of the Covenant at Sinai, including a copy of the tablets of the commandments that were broken on the occassion of the Golden Calf rebellion. From now on, the Ark of the Covenant takes the place of the Tent of Dwelling and it will become the sacrament of God’s presence in the midst of His people. It is not that the Israelites are being told to recover from a fall (as claimed in an article below) but that in view of the Israel that is now about to enter the Promised land, a new Presence of God is required. In his speech, Moses continues to emphasize the love of God and the fidelity and loyalty with which the Israelites should respond.

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On the Temple Tax and a Fish


For the Gospel reading on the question as to whether Jesus and his community should pay the temple tax, go to this page.

August 8 is also the memorial of St. Dominic de Guzman, priest and founder of the Order of Preachers, aka, Dominicans. He is a Spaniard from Caleruega and was a contemporary of the more popular St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Dominic on the Web

Deuteronomy 10:12-22
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12And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but that thou fear the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and love him, and serve the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul:
13And keep the commandments of the Lord, and his ceremonies, which I command thee this day, that it may be well with thee?
14Behold heaven is the Lord's thy God, and the heaven of heaven, the earth and all things that are therein.
15And yet the Lord hath been closely joined to thy fathers, and loved them and chose their seed after them, that is to say, you, out of all nations, as this day it is proved.
16Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.
17Because the Lord your God he is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a great God and mighty and terrible, a who accepteth no person nor taketh bribes.
18He doth judgment to the fatherless and the widow, loveth the stranger, and giveth him food and raiment.
19And do you therefore love strangers, because you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
20Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him only: to him thou shalt adhere, and shalt swear by his name.
21He is thy praise, and thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thy eyes have seen.
22In seventy souls thy fathers went down into Egypt: and behold now the Lord thy God hath multiplied thee as the stars of heaven.
Matthew 17:22-27
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22And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they were troubled exceedingly.
23And when they were come to Capharnaum, they that received the didrachmas, came to Peter and said to him: Doth not your master pay the didrachmas?
24He said: Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying: What is thy opinion, Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom do they receive tribute or custom? of their own children, or of strangers?
25And he said: Of strangers. Jesus said to him: Then the children are free.
26But that we may not scandalize them, go to the sea, and cast in a hook: and that fish which shall first come up, take: and when thou hast opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater: take that, and give it to them for me and thee.

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