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Today’s Readings – Tuesday of week 17 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Exod 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28

There are two distinct parts in today’s reading. First, we are told how intimate Moses was with the Lord and, in the second part, there are instructions on how the people are to provide gifts for the needs of worship.

We are told that at some distance away outside the Israelites’ encampment Moses used to pitch a tent, known as the Tent of Meeting. The Tent is mentioned here by anticipation. Its actual construction will be described in later chapters. It is also probable that the Tent in the desert was the shrine of the Ark.

Anyone who wished to consult the Lord could go to this tent. This means that people could go there to ask for a divine response through the agency of Moses who spoke with God in the Tent. In la … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Joachim and Anne

Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)

The Scripture tells us absolutely nothing about Mary’s family.  All that we have is really legend. It comes mainly from a second century writing called the Proto-gospel of James.  We need to realize that in the e … Continue

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