Bitter Lot Yet Joy Abounds


Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Readings: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; PS 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10; Mt 22:34-40
Notes: (not the dog).

Bitter lot frightens people.
But when we remain faithful to the Lord and to one another, bitterness will be the seeds of Joy.

First reading
Ruth’s love for Naomi is so very moving.
I wish this love for every Mother-In-Law and Daughter-In-Law to find the deepest meanings of love that begins with husband love.

My daughters, my lot is too bitter for you, because the LORD has extended his hand against me.

Ruth said,

“Do not press me to go back and abandon you! Wherever you go I will go,
wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God, my God.

Where you die I will die, and there be buried. May the LORD do thus to me, and more, if even death separates me from you!”

The bitter lot became a source of joy.
I recommend you read this four chapter book of Ruth.

Responsorial Psalm
Praise the Lord, my soul!

Alleluia Verse
Teach me your paths, my God,
guide me in your truth.

Gospel Portion
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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