Give me a break

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Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: GAL 5:1-6; PS 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48; LK 11:37-41
Notes: Give me a break and get one too. The path of righteousness is not a mental exercise but of spirit and body.

The close association to almsgiving and faith is very strong and not to be ignored.

  • Faith
  • Work
  • Love
  • Book of Daniel: Therefore, O king, may my advice be acceptable to you; atone for your sins by good deeds, and for your misdeeds by kindness to the poor; then your contentment will be long lasting (Dan 4:24).
    • NABRE comment – Good deeds: the Aramaic word ṣidqâ has the root meaning of “righteousness,” but in a late text such as this could mean “almsgiving.”
  • Book of Tobit: Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, so that God’s face will not be turned away from you. For almsgiving delivers from death and keeps one from entering into Darkness. (Tb 4:7, 10).
  • Letter to Hebrews: Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind (Hb 13:9).
  • Book of Sirach: Store up almsgiving in your treasury, and it will save you from every evil (Sir 29:12).

First reading
Brothers and sisters:
For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

For in Christ Jesus,… but only faith working through love.

Responsorial Psalm
Let your mercy come to me, O Lord.

Alleluia Verse
The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.

Gospel Portion
But as to what is within, give and behold, everything will be clean for you.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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