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1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Mark 7:1-13

….“you keep your covenant of mercy with your servants who are faithful to you with their whole heart.”

This statement seems to be the essence of our readings for today.  The readings speak to our need to be truthful, honest and sincere in our relationship with God.  In the Gospel reading it is quite clear that the message to us is to act out of sincere love for God, for the laws of God, out of our appreciation for all that God has done and will continue to do for us.

The idea of engaging in words or actions as “showmanship” or attempting to be “following the law” or as a “Holy” person just to be viewed that way by members of our community is clearly not what God is asking of us. “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” 

The readings today encourage us to humbly appreciate the love of God and to humbly share the love of God with others.  It is far more important to grow in our relationship, our understanding, and our trust in God’s love for us than to be overly concerned about faith traditions. The readings today are a reminder to me to stay in daily communication with God, asking for guidance as I try to live my life according to God’s expectations for me.

By Marcia Shadle Cuisic

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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