today's Mass readings (Pharaoh.. / mercy desired not sacrifice)

Friday (7-17)

Exodus]

Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders In Pharaoh’s presence, the Lord made Pharaoh obstinate, and he would not let the children of Israel leave his land. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your families must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household. If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and shall share in the lamb in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it. The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish. You may take it from either the sheep or the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present, it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight. They shall take some of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel of every house in which they partake of the lamb. That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. It shall not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole, with its head and shanks and inner organs. None of it must be kept beyond the next morning; whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up. This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the Lord. For on this same night I will go through Egypt, striking down every first born of the land, both man and beasts, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt – I, the Lord! But the blood will mark the houses where you are. Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thus, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you. This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution.”

**St Mt 12:1-8: **

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the Sabbath. His disciples ere hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry, how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat? Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests serving in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent? I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The Lord made the Pharaoh’s heart obstinate. As stated in my comments concerning yesterday’s readings, i believe that Pharaoh always had a choice* about this obstinancy. I wouldn’t thikn that God would ever take away our freedom of choice. I believe sin takes away a lot of our freedom … but not God.

But… God knows. God knows a lot of things we don’t. Sad, but true… :smiley:

I believe He made Pharaoh obstinate so as to test the faith of Moses & Aaron (etc?). But again, God knows… He knows everything and we don’t… Sad but true… :hmmm:

Jesus says that he desires mercy and not sacrfice. We humans don’t show much mercy toward one another… :rolleyes: but that’s why we should love God more than humans… since God and only God has all the mercy we desire (although, of course, we should love other humans as we love ourselves… darn near imposible… but that’s what Jesus said and if He tells us to do something, it is because He knows, not only that we should but that we CAN - do it, with His help… He would not ask us to do something we were, absolutely speaking, incapable of doing… :slight_smile:

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