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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
MEMORIAL OF BRIDGET, RELIGIOUS
Drama with a twist

Today’s first reading on the parting of the sea is so important that the church includes it in the Easter Vigil during a series of readings that summarize salvation history. Our hearts leap for the Israelites who are saved. Yet some may also wonder about the Egyptian families who mourned for their loved ones “cast into the sea.” The church teaches us that sin (such as enslavement of the Israelites) cuts in many directions, often hurting the innocent—even those Egyptian soldiers who were obliged by their masters to pursue the Israelites. Can you refrain today from a bad habit, a sin, so it cannot hurt anyone, guilty or innocent?

TODAY'S READINGS: Exodus 14:21—15:1; Matthew 12:46-50 (396). “For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION

George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family including his mother-in-law. During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000. The Consul continued, “In most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.” George thought for some time and answered, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this, said, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that!” said George. “You see, I know of a case many years ago of a person, by name Jesus, who was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.”

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