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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-13, OM, Bl. Junipero Serra
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-01-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 06/30/2013 8:52:06 PM PDT by Salvation

 

July 1, 2013

 

Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

 

 

Reading 1 Gn 18:16-33

Abraham and the men who had visited him by the Terebinth of Mamre
set out from there and looked down toward Sodom;
Abraham was walking with them, to see them on their way.
The LORD reflected: “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
now that he is to become a great and populous nation,
and all the nations of the earth are to find blessing in him?
Indeed, I have singled him out
that he may direct his children and his household after him
to keep the way of the LORD
by doing what is right and just,
so that the LORD may carry into effect for Abraham
the promises he made about him.”
Then the LORD said:
“The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,
and their sin so grave,
that I must go down and see whether or not their actions
fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me.
I mean to find out.”

While the two men walked on farther toward Sodom,
the LORD remained standing before Abraham.
Then Abraham drew nearer to him and said:
“Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?
Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;
would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it
for the sake of the fifty innocent people within it?
Far be it from you to do such a thing,
to make the innocent die with the guilty,
so that the innocent and the guilty would be treated alike!
Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?”
The LORD replied,
“If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom,
I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Abraham spoke up again:
“See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord,
though I am but dust and ashes!
What if there are five less than fifty innocent people?
Will you destroy the whole city because of those five?”
He answered, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
But Abraham persisted, saying, “What if only forty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it for the sake of forty.”
Then Abraham said, “Let not my Lord grow impatient if I go on.
What if only thirty are found there?”
He replied, “I will forbear doing it if I can find but thirty there.”
Still Abraham went on,
“Since I have thus dared to speak to my Lord,
what if there are no more than twenty?”
He answered, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
But he still persisted:
“Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time.
What if there are at least ten there?”
He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”

The LORD departed as soon as he had finished speaking with Abraham,
and Abraham returned home.

Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1b-2, 3-4, 8-9, 10-11

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Gospel Mt 8:18-22

When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”

 



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2 posted on 06/30/2013 8:54:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Genesis 18:16-33
Abraham Intercedes For Sodom
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[16] then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abra-
ham went with them to set them on their way. [17] The Lord said, “Shall I hide
from Abraham what I am about to do, [18] seeing that Abraham shall become a
great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves
by him? [19] No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his
household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and jus-
tice; so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” [20]
Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry again Sodom and Gomorrah is great
and their sin is very grave, [21] I will go down to see whether they have done al-
together according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know.”
[22] So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham still
stood before the Lord. [23] Then Abraham drew near and said, “Wilt thou indeed
destroy the righteous with the wicked? [24] Suppose there are fifty righteous with-
in the city; wilt thou then destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous
who are in it? [25] Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous
with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from thee!
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” [26] And the Lord said, “If I find at
Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” [27]
Abraham answered, “Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I
who am but dust and ashes. [28] Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?
Wilt thou destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy
it if I find forty-five there.” [29] Again he spoke to him, and said, “Suppose forty
are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” [30] Then
he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found
there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” [31] He said, “Behold,
I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.”
He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” [32] Then he said,
“Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten
are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” [33]
And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Ab-
raham returned to his place.
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Commentary:
18:16-33. When interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham argues in terms
of collective responsibility, as understood in ancient times in Israel: the entire
people shared the same fate even though not all of them sinned, for the sin some
affected all. According to that way of looking at things, if there were enough just
people in the city (Abraham did not dare go below ten) God would not have des-
troyed it. This way of thinking also shows how the salvation of many (even if they
are sinners) can come through the faithfulness of a few, thereby preparing the
way to see how the salvation of all mankind is brought about by the obedience
of one man alone, Jesus Christ.
The final outcome of this episode shows that, even though he destroys these
cities, God saves the righteous who live in them. God does not punish the just
man along with the sinner (as Abraham thought); a person is allowed to perish
or is saved depending on his personal behavior. This truth, which is found in the
Bible from the start, will be given special emphasis in the teaching of the pro-
phets, particularly Jeremiah and Ezekiel (cf. Jer 31:29-30; Ezek 18), who stress
individual and personal responsibility before God.
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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


3 posted on 06/30/2013 8:59:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Matthew 8:18-22
Demands for Following Christ
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[18] Now when Jesus saw great crowds around Him, He gave orders to go over to
the other side. [19] And a scribe came up and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow
You wherever You go.” [20] And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds
of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” [21] An-
other of the disciples said to Him, “Lord let me first go and bury my father.” [22]
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
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Commentary:
18-22. From the very outset of His messianic preaching, Jesus rarely stays in the
same place; He is always on the move. He “has nowhere to lay His head” (Mat-
thew 8:20). Anyone who desires to be with him has to “follow Him”. This phrase
“following Jesus” has a very precise meaning: it means being His disciple (cf.
Matthew 19:28). Sometimes the crowds “follow Him”; but Jesus’ true disciples
are those who “follow Him” in a permanent way, that is, who keep on following
Him: being a “disciple of Jesus” and “following Him” amount to the same thing.
After our Lord’s ascension, “following Him” means being a Christian (cf. Acts 8:
26). By the simple and sublime fact of Baptism, every Christian is called, by a
divine vocation, to be a full disciple of our Lord, with all that that involves.
The evangelist here gives two specific cases of following Jesus. In the case of
the scribe our Lord explains what faith requires of a person who realizes that he
has been called; in the second case—that of the man who has already said “yes”
to Jesus—He reminds him of what His commandment entails. The soldier who
does not leave his position on the battlefront to bury his father, but instead leaves
that to those in the rearguard, is doing his duty. If service to one’s country makes
demands like that on a person, all the more reason for it to happen in the service
of Jesus Christ and His Church.
Following Christ, then, means we should make ourselves totally available to Him;
whatever sacrifice He asks of us we should make: the call to follow Christ means
staying up with Him, not falling behind; we either follow Him or lose Him. In the
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus explained what following Him involves
—a teaching which we find summarized in even the most basic catechism of
Christian doctrine: a Christian is a man who believes in Jesus Christ —a faith he
receives at Baptism—and is duty boun