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February 24th ✙ Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for February 24th, 2019

         JESUS SAYS, "BE COMPASSIONATE...Do not judge... Do not condemn... Treat others as you would like them to treat you." These words are taken from today's Gospel.
         How many of us could say that we treat others in this way? The Lord himself shows us the way. Lord Jesus, you are slow to anger and rich in mercy. Lord, have mercy.
         You do not treat us according to our sins. Christ, have mercy.
         As far as the east is from the west, so far do you remove our sins. Lord, have mercy

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MONDAY:✟ Fred Rossetto, by Cathi Johnson
TUESDAY:✟ John Garcia by Maria Garcia
WEDNESDAY:✟ Milton Bonneville, by Jan Weldon
FRIDAY:✟ Melodee Bell
SATURDAY:✟ Frank Garcia by Alvin & Maria Garcia

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Prayer List....

Mary Ann Bader Jim Mathews
Lee & Christine Crook Patti Summers
Tom Clark Sarah Bryan
Lynn Lockett John McAvoy
Denny Heikura Joe Bonchonsky
John Del' Amico Charles Ely
Barbara Entwisle Joe Spini
Marilyn Brickett Kitty Lyons
Lori Wise Robert & Cathy Neptune
Janet Renon Ed Flynn
Esther Aw Steve Smith
  Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado

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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Master Sgt. Matthew Rossoni, Army Commander Michael Quigley, US Navy

Kristen Chapman; USAF

Sean Eastis, USMC Sarah Manley, USAF Andy Harrison, USAF Nickolaus Swanson
SSG Trevor Oxman

Brian Tucker

Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry Nick Kenndy, USN
James Chapman Seamus Weston Alicia Delahunty Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Roy Olmos Jr. Roy Walters    

Amen.

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Refections

In Giving

There are those who give but only on condition that they receive something in return, and receive it immediately.
There are those who give on condition that they receive something in return later on and with a handsome profit.
And there are those who give without expecting anything in return now or ever: they scatter the seeds of the heart without looking for any harvest.
These are imitating the generosity of God, who bestow His love on good people and bad, and grants mercy to saints and sinners.

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Our First Reading: King Saul's Spear

        Saul was the first king of Israel. He was anointed by the prophet-priest Samuel about 1020 B.C. Samuel probably thought that he could easily control the new ruler, but Saul gradually began to take over religious duties as well. The priest decided to replace him with the young David. When the king discovered this he became jealous of David and tried to kill him.
         David escaped and fled with Saul in pursuit. The youth became a guerilla leader and hid in the desert. On one occasion he discovered the king sleeping with his soldiers. Instead of killing his foe, he demonstrated respect.
         This event is a reflection of Jesus' instruction to love one's enemy. Challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.

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Our Second Reading : The Last Adam

       Paul has been dealing with a local issue in Corinth. There is a group that has denied the need for a physical resurrection. They are influenced by Greek philosophy, which believes that anything material is of no value.
       To illustrate his belief that the body is important, he makes a connection between the first human being and Jesus. Adam was created from the dust of the earth. In fact, the word "adam" means "dust". Paul notes that though Jesus came from heaven, he became human -- the new Adam. We have all descended from the first human, but now we begin to share divine life through the ultimate human: Jesus, the son of God.

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Preparing For Lent

       This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 6th. It is the beginning of Lent. It is the doorway into a time that calls us to stop whatever we are doing, and enter more intentionally into the disciplines of prayer, self-examination and repentance.
       Left to ourselves, we probably would not choose to devote a whole season to such rigorous and demanding disciplines, but God knows we need it. The season begins as we receive the symbolic gesture of the imposition of ashes on our foreheads and acknowledge our human finiteness and mortality.
       The traditions of Ash Wednesday remind us that “you are dust and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) This is not meant to be morbid, it is just meant to confront our grandiosity and help us to stay in touch with the real human condition that we all share.

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Additional Study Guides!

          1. *** Scott Hahn's commentaries can be found here

          2. *** from "Our Sunday Readings"

         downloadable commentary

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To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy Chart of Jesus Christ - Click here for image!

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