Friday, August 5, 2011


Readings for Friday, August 5/ Dedication of Major Basilica, St. Mary Major in Rome:
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Psalm 77:12-16, 21
Matthew 16:24-28

I couldn't help but be struck by the first reading today. Talking about the great things the Lord has done for His people Israel, our ancestors in faith, he says this: "For love of your fathers he chose their descendants
and personally led you out of Egypt by his great power, driving out of your way nations greater and mightier than you, so as to bring you in and to make their land your heritage, as it is today. This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other."

The Lord PERSONALLY led them out of Egypt; He showed them His love and for that reason they ought to know and hold that He is God. Because of His personal love. Does this thought make you pause in wonder as it does me?