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Today’s Readings – Tuesday of Week 20 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Ezekiel 28:1-10

The message of the reading is very clear and as relevant now as it was then.

It is not fully clear whether Ezekiel is personally attacking King Ittobaal, ruler of Tyre at the time, or the whole city.

Tyre was a Phoenician city on the coast of the Mediterranean in what is now Lebanon. The Phoenicians were famous in ancient times as traders and for their skill in seafaring. Tyre (and/or its king) is being attacked for placing itself on the same level as God.

It bases this claim on its wisdom. “Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,” says the prophet rather mockingly. This claimed wisdom was, it was believed, the source of the city’s enormous wealth and power. Daniel, like Solomon, was a byword for wisdom in the Old Test … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Commentary on Revelation 11:19a;12:1-6a;10ab; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56

Today’s feast celebrates the special place that Mary has in the life of the Church. This place is first of all defined by her being chosen to be the mother of Jesus, his only human pare … Continue

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