today's Mass readings

Th (6-25)

Genesis 16:1-16:

Abram’s wife Sarai had borne him no children. She had, however, an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar. Sarai said to Abram: “The Lord has kept me from bearing children. Have intercourse, then, with my maid; perhaps I shall have sons through her.” Abram heeded Sarai’s request. Thus, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, his wife Sarai took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his concubine!!]. He had intercourse with her, and she became pregnant. When she became aware of her pregnancy, she looked on her mistress with disdain. So Sarai said to Abram: “You are responsible for this outrage against me. I myself gave my maid to your embrace; but ever since she became aware of her pregnancy, she has been looking on me with disdain. May the Lord decide between you and me!” Abram told Sarai: “Your maid is in your power. Do to her whatever you please.” Sarai then abused her so much that Hagar ran away from her. The Lord’s messenger found her by a spring in the wilderness, the spring on the road to Shur, and he asked, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She answered, “I am running away from my mistress, Sarai.” But the Lord’s messenger told her: “Go back to your mistress and submit to her abusive treatment. I will make your descendants so numerous that they will be too many to count. Besides,” the Lord’s messenger said to her, “You are now pregnant and shall bear a son; you shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard you, God has answered you. This one shall be a wild *** of a man, his hand against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him; in opposition to all his kin shall he encamp.” Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram named the son whom Hagar bore him Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

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St Mt 7:21-29:**

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name? Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who ***listens to these words of mine but does not act on them ***will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

*It seems that Sarai and Abram could not (no, Would not) wait on God to give them children…

… can’t blame them, seeing as how they were WAY beyond child-bearing age, :eek: but still, God had spoken to Abram and promised… seems they (like all of us :(… or me nayway… ) have a very hard time trusting God.

Still, God does’t seem to hold this against them… and why should He? The consequences of their sin were readily manifested…

Sarai was a “bigger woman than I” as it were, because there’s no way i would share my husband with anyone… :ouch::hypno::dts:

In the last psg, The gospel today implies that not everyone who cries out to the Lord (has a “relationship with” Him?) is going to Heaven, but only those who DO the Word of God…

Now i know why i always felt so uncomfortable when a non-Catholic (usually) would go on and on about “personal relationship with Jesus”… seemingly to the exclusion of all other spiritual concepts…

and in seeming accordance with his/her belief or apparent belief in OnceSavedAlwaysSaved…

which is the most unbibilical belief i’ve ever heard of… :rolleyes: . so when people say they believe in osas, i automatically know one thing about them: They really don’t know the Word…*

Out of curiosity, why do you post Mass readings in the Non-Catholic Religions forum?

out of curiosity, Why not?

i tended to think it was rhetorical question…

and that there was no answer to mine…

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