today's Mass readings (God speaks to people / Jesus casts out demons)

Wednesday (7-1)

Genesis 21:5, 8-20:

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaning Abraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac; so she demanded of Abraham: “Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac!” Abraham was greatly distressed, especially on account of his son Ishmael. But God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy or about your slave woman. Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you; for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a great nation of him also, since he too is your offspring.” Early the next morning Abraham got some bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. Then, placing the child on her back, he sent her away. As she roamed aimlessly in the wilderness of Beer-sheba, the water in the skin was used up. So she put the child down under a shrub, and then went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away; for she said to herself, “let me not watch to see the child die.” As she sat opposite Ishmael, he began to cry. ***God heard the boy’s cry, and God’s messenger called to Hagar from Heaven: ***“What is the matter, Hagar? Don’t be afraid; god has heard the boy’s cry in this light of his. Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand; for I will make of him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the skin with water, and then let the boy drink God was with the boy as he grew up.

St Mt 8:28-34:

When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleased with him, “if you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.”

*God hears us when we cry out - I would think: especially when children cry out, since they are so helpless.

I pray He hears the cry of the unborn today - and every day - and brings their murderers to justice. No more Roe v Wade :(*

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