KNOW JESUS – KNOW PURITY


Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 406

Reading 1 LV 25:1, 8-17
The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,

“Seven weeks of years shall you count–seven times seven years–

so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.

Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;

on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echo

throughout your land.

This fiftieth year you shall make sacred

by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.

It shall be a jubilee for you,

when every one of you shall return to his own property,

every one to his own family estate.

In this fiftieth year, your year of jubilee,

you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the aftergrowth

or pick the grapes from the untrimmed vines.

Since this is the jubilee, which shall be sacred for you,

you may not eat of its produce,

except as taken directly from the field.
“In this year of jubilee, then,

every one of you shall return to his own property.

Therefore, when you sell any land to your neighbor

or buy any from him, do not deal unfairly.

On the basis of the number of years since the last jubilee

shall you purchase the land from your neighbor;

and so also, on the basis of the number of years for crops,

shall he sell it to you.

When the years are many, the price shall be so much the more;

when the years are few, the price shall be so much the less.

For it is really the number of crops that he sells you.

Do not deal unfairly, then; but stand in fear of your God.

I, the LORD, am your God.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!

May God have pity on us and bless us;

may he let his face shine upon us.

So may your way be known upon earth;

among all nations, your salvation.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

May the nations be glad and exult

because you rule the peoples in equity;

the nations on the earth you guide.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

The earth has yielded its fruits;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God bless us,

and may all the ends of the earth fear him!

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

Alleluia MT 5:10
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness

for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 14:1-12
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus

and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.

He has been raised from the dead;

that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison

on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,

for John had said to him,

“It is not lawful for you to have her.”

Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,

for they regarded him as a prophet.

But at a birthday celebration for Herod,

the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests

and delighted Herod so much

that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.

Prompted by her mother, she said,

“Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

The king was distressed, 

but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,

he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.

His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,

who took it to her mother.

His disciples came and took away the corpse

and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.
REFLECTION: KNOW JESUS – KNOW PURITY

“John had told him, ‘It is not right for you to live with her.’ ” –Matthew 14:4
John the Baptist was martyred for telling Herod: “It is not right for you to live with her.” Because today many people are living together outside of marriage, we also have numerous opportunities to repeat John’s words to today’s Herods and be persecuted, even martyred, as John was.
However, John’s last recorded words must be heard in the context of his earlier words in reference to Jesus: “Look! There is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn 1:29) It is incomplete to tell people to repent of sin, including sexual sin, without telling them of the only One Who can forgive their sin and save them from being trapped in sin forever (Rm 7:24-25). In our promiscuous society, we need courageous crusaders for purity and against sexual sin. However, these crusaders will be successful only if they are above all evangelizers constantly pointing to Jesus, the Lamb of God.
At Holy Communion, we proclaim: “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Let us do this frequently in our daily lives. Then we and those around us will be able to be pure and holy.
PRAYER: Prayer: Father, make my love for Jesus the source of my purity (see 1 Jn 3:3).

PROMISE: Promise: “This fiftieth year you shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.” –Lv 25:10

PRAISE: Praise: Ralph converted to the Catholic faith because he was repeatedly touched by the prophetic messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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