today's (Monday) Mass readings


Monday (7-27)

Exodus 32:15, 30:

Moses turned and came down the mountin with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, tablets that were written on both sides, front and back, tablets that were made by God, having inscriptions of them that were engraved by God himself. Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “That sounds like a battle in the camp.” But Moses answered, “It does not sound like cries of victory, nor does it sound like cries of defeat; the sounds that I hear are cries of revelry.” As he drew near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing. With that, Moses’ wrath flared up, so that he threw the tablets down and broke them on the base of the mountain. Taking the calf they had made, he fused it in the fire and then ground it down to powder, which he scattered on the water and made the children of Israel drink. ***Moses asked Aaron, “What did this people ever do to you that you should lead them into so grave a sin?” ***Aaron replied, “Let not my lord be angry. You know well enough how prone the people are to evil. They said to me, ‘Make us a god to be our leader; as for the man Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’ So I told them, ‘Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.’ They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.” On the next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a grave sin. I will go up to the Lord, then; perhaps I may be able to make atonement for your sin.” So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Ah, this people has indeed committed a grave sin in making a god of gold for themselves! If you would only forgive their sin! If you will not, then strike me out of the book that you have written.” The Lord answered, “Him only who has sinned against me will I strike out of my book. Now, go and lead the people to the place I have told you. My angel will go before you. When it is time for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”

**Psalm 106

St Mt 13:31-35:**

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.” He spoke to them another parable: “The kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” All these thing Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.

*Hmm… amazing to realize that God actually wrote something to us with his own hands… :)which makes me wonder just how much human hands (and not God’s) had to do with the writing of the Bible. Then, of course, there are many & varied versions of Bibles… so no wonder people aren’t always drawn to Christianity… too confusing…

I believe the Bible is the Word of God (the Douay Rheims version and a few others)… but i could never prove it… :frowning:

What made me believe so strongly is hearing the Word of God virtually every day, at Mass…

I always laugh when i read that one line where Aaron says: I told them [the Isarelites], ‘Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.’ They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”


Also of interest is how God tells Moses that he will not take his name out of God’s book; the only one’s name he will take out is the one who sins against Him… (so much for osas) Even if someone asks God to take his name out of that book (hmm… Why would Moses do that??) God only does that to one who sins against Him… Yes, that’s the God i believe in… :slight_smile:

Gospel: This should be encouragement about evanglizing. We are only to plant seeds, some of which will be very small… and seemingly of no use… but a mustard seed grows into a very large plant… that gives its goodness to many creatures… :)*

Translated to the English language.



Yes great readings distracted,

Jesus gives us a tiny glimmer of what Heaven is although it is still heavily obscured by his choice of imagery.

Yesterday’s reading at Mass was also a reminder from St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians to ‘bear with one another…in gentleness and patience’ something that the global society can practise more of.


Jesus gives us a tiny glimmer of what Heaven is although it is still heavily obscured by his choice of imagery.

what do you mean: the imagery of the mustard seed and the plant it becomes???

I would be glad if you can explain it.

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