So let's talk about today's readings 5/20/09

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“God has overlooked the times of ignorance,
but now he demands that all people everywhere repent”

Paul tells us in the first reading that God overlooked the times that men believed
that statues were God. Now that must change. It’s like the whole book of Matthew.
God overlooked the times that men believed they only had to love other Jews.
Now they must love their neighbor, and everyone is their neighbor.
God overlooked the times when men read, thou shalt not kill, but thought it was o.k.
to mistreat their fellow man. Now they can’t even call someone names.
God overlooked the times when men read, thou shalt not commit adultery, but
thought it was o.k. to divorce, have a harem, or behave lustfully.
My question is this: What is God overlooking now? What is it that we are doing
because it’s all we know, and we are incapable of understanding another way?
Right now, some people are incapable of understanding that abortions are wrong.
Is God overlooking it? And capital punishment, Is God overlooking it?
What about wars? What does God really think?

Today’ psalm gives many examples of how the earth is full of God’s glory…
and there are even more than what can be listed…

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”
Don’t these gospel words go right along with the first reading? Back in time, when God was busy overlooking things for lack of people’s intelligence and hardness of
heart, He could have said these words. But they could be said to us today. We
have a whole bible to read, yet it’s impossible to grasp the whole thing in it’s
entirety. We have been given daily readings by the church, and that helps us try
and swallow it in smaller pieces. Have you ever seen a kid, chewing and chewing
a mouthful of meat? They can’t even swallow it unless they get it into smaller
pieces.

In today’s gospel,
Jesus tries to explain just who the Holy Spirit is, but it sure is hard to follow.
The shamrock just doesn’t explain the things that Jesus says in today’s gospel…

Today is the day of St. Bernardine of Siena, a priest.

So what struck you about today’s readings? :bible1::twocents:

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