today's (Thurs) Mass readings

Thursday (7-30)

**Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 **

Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
the Dwelling was erected.
It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.
He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,
and set up its columns.
He spread the tent over the Dwelling
and put the covering on top of the tent,
as the LORD had commanded him.
He took the commandments and put them in the ark;
he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon it.
He brought the ark into the Dwelling and hung the curtain veil,
thus screening off the ark of the commandments,
as the LORD had commanded him.

Then the cloud covered the meeting tent,
and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Moses could not enter the meeting tent,
because the cloud settled down upon it
and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.
Whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling,
the children of Israel would set out on their journey.
But if the cloud did not lift, they would not go forward;
only when it lifted did they go forward.
In the daytime the cloud of the LORD was seen over the Dwelling;
whereas at night, fire was seen in the cloud
by the whole house of Israel
***in all the stages of their journey. ***

Responsorial Psalm

**Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11 **

R.(2) How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the LORD
My heart and my flesh
cry out for the living God.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest
in which she puts her young–
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my king and my God!

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
Blessed they who dwell in your house!

continually they praise you.
Blessed the men whose strength you are!
They go from strength to strength.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
I had rather one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

R. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!

Mt 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

"Do you understand all these things?"
They answered, "Yes."
And he replied,
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old."
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

God begins, through Moses, to build his Church on Earth… which He completes with Jesus Christ (St Mt 16:18) - the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The ark of the covenant used to be how God visited His people. Now He dwells with us continually in the Catholic Church in the Real Presence of Jesus.

I was There earlier… It is the only Place on Earth where one can find perfect love… (in a way one can feel it … a tangible way) :slight_smile:

I think all we Christians need to be constantly vigilant that we not be in that group of “bad fish” that is thrown away… since in another passage Jesus says that many will try to enter Heaven but will not be strong enough (St Lk 13:23 etc)… We should not presume that just because we go to Church and do [whatever] that we have “arrived”… God knows the depths of our depraved hearts… and no impurity will be allowed to enter Heaven (Rev 21:27)

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