Which Way to Run

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ex 14:21—15:1; Resp Exodus 15:8-9, 10 and 12, 17; Mt 12:46-50
Notes: none.

First reading
With that the Egyptians sounded the retreat before Israel,
because the LORD was fighting for them against the Egyptians.

and

The Egyptians were fleeing head on toward the sea,
when the LORD hurled them into its midst.

and

the LORD cast through the column of the fiery cloud
upon the Egyptian force a glance that threw it into a panic;
and he so clogged their chariot wheels
that they could hardly drive.

Let there be no mistaking here.
The Egyptians chose to run toward death

(running westerly, it was an east wind, as it slowed the channel would collapse west to east).

The Egyptians, lightened by abandoning their weapons and chariots, could have run TOWARD Moses and escaped death.

Not a single one of them escaped.

Responsorial Psalm
Let us sing to the Lord; he has covered himself in glory.

Alleluia Verse
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.

Gospel Portion
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

The Egyptians, having done so many things wrong, also had access to rescue if only they followed in the path of the Hebrews toward the Lord.

  • Which way should we run? Toward Jesus.
  • How shall we be? Like his brothers, sisters and mother.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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