today's Mass readings (Wealth/quarreling / Land given by God / Few are saved [?]..)

Tu (6-23)**

Genesis 13:2,5:

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and those of Lot’s. (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were occupying the land.) So Abram said to Lot: “Let there be no strife between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land at your disposal? Please separate from me. If you prefer the left, I will go to the right; if you prefer the right, I will go to the left.” Lot looked about and saw how well watered the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar, like the Lord’s own garden, or like Egypt. Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain and set out eastward. Thus they separated from each other; Abram stayed in he land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain, pitching his tents near Sodom. Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked in the sins they committed against the Lord. After Lot had left, the Lord said to Abram: “Look about you, and from where you are, gaze to the north and south, east and west; all the land that you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth; if anyone could count the dust of the earth, your descendants too might be counted. Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth, for to you I will give it.” Abram moved his tents and went on to settle near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron. There he built an altar to the Lord.

Ps 15:

He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord…

St Mt 6:6, 12:

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

*How do we know, as Abraham did, when God is speaking to us? I read a book where someone prayed with R. Reagan when he was governor of CA… long before he considered running for president. The guy, while praying, said that if R. Reagan did things right (soemthing to that effect) he would be president some day… a very real prophecy…

But it seems that if you go around saying God said this or God said that, people will think you are nuts… usually. There are instances all through the Word where people hear actual words from God… So why nowadays do people act like that kind of thing is nonsense???

Also, kinda strange in the last psg how different concepts are put together… First Jesus speaks of not throwing pearls before swine (and dogs)… the pagans (?) … then he says do unto others… then he speaks of how narrow the way is and how few there ar who find it … Just wondering…

Very few priests seem to speak of this last thing… how hard it is to make it to Heaven… which is also mentioned in (i think) Mk 13:24…

I know from experience, that best of all teachers, how difficult it is to do everything Jesus says… every day in every way… *

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