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dc.contributor.authorO'Keefe, Johnen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 400en_US
dc.description.abstractIt is certainly true that God shines forth from Zion, perfect in beauty, but the rays of that heavenly illumination fall upon a world steeped in complexity. Ours is a world being redeemed, not by the sacrifice of bulls, but by the sacrifice of Christ. So with the psalmist we respond by offering a sacrifice of praise.||But what is that? How can praise be a sacrifice? When I lift my hands on high or sing a song of thanksgiving, such an offering seems to bear no resemblance to the ideas embedded in blood sacrifice, which call for the offering of a life and costs the sacrificer much.||Praise, though, is not always costless.||Consider the situation recorded in Exodus: "They all answered with one voice, 'we will do everything that the LORD has told us.'" Perhaps on that day they did, but we know from reading the rest of the Old Testament, that the people did not always keep their word. Their sacrifices frequently became empty and inauthentic. Empty sacrifices are not acceptable to God. As Christians we live under the New Covenant and are not called, like ancient Israel, to offer blood sacrifices, but we are not so different from them. On a good day we may praise the Lord and promise to do "everything God has told us." On a bad day we fall far short of this ambition.||With an awareness of my failure and my successes I hear Matthew's message reaching across the ages. In the past I have tended to read this text as a description of good people and bad people being mixed up in the world only to be finally separated at the last judgment. This is still a good reading, I think. Yet today, the text speaks a different word. Both weeds and wheat are in me. My resistance to conversion continues, and I fall short of perfection. It may be that many of our most offensive weeds can be dealt with while we live, but there may be some weeds that are so tightly integrated with our personalities that they may never be pulled without causing harm to the fruit of our goodness. It may be that these must await the last judgment for their final culling.||The saints are untied in their testimony that perfection eludes even the just. None of us will every reach the point while we live when we can say "I have done everything that the LORD has told me."||To praise God for our failures in gratitude for his mercy is hard, very hard. It is, in fact, a sacrifice.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, July 23, 2005: 16th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorO'Keefe IV, John J.en_US Timeen_US 16en_US
dc.subject.local1Exodus 24:3-8en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 13:24-30en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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