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first reading at Mass we read:
And the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and said: I will no more curse the
earth for the sake of man: for the imagination and thought of man's
heart are prone to evil from his youth: therefore I
will no more destroy every living soul as I have done.  All the days of the earth, seedtime
and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, night and day, shall not
cease. [Genesis 8]
and in today's first reading at Mass we read:
I will establish my covenant with you, and all flesh shall be no more
destroyed with the waters of a flood, neither shall there be
from henceforth a flood to waste the earth. [Genesis 9]
On the surface it appears that there is a contradiction between both
statements. First He says that He will not do it again - "...I will no more destroy every living soul
as I have done.
" and in the next chapter he says that: "....all flesh shall be no more destroyed
the waters of a flood
However, there is no contradiction. In the first verses He says:
"...destroy every living soul as I have done..". And how did He do it
This is categorically confirmed by the second set when He said: "....all flesh shall be no more destroyed with
the waters of a flood
Fast forward from the First Book of the Bible to the Last Book of the
Bible - Revelations - with a brief stop at the Gospel according to
What do we read there?
And as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the
days of the Son of man.  They did eat and drink, they married
wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into
the ark: and the flood came and destroyed them all.  Likewise as it
came to pass, in the days of Lot: they did eat and drink, they bought
and sold, they planted and built.  And in the day that Lot went out
of Sodom, it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them
all.  Even thus shall it
be in the day when the Son of man shall be
revealed. [Luke 17]
And the first angel sounded the trumpet, and there followed hail and
fire, mingled with blood, and it was cast on the earth, and the
part of the earth was burnt up, and the third part of the trees was
burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  And the second angel
sounded the trumpet: and as it were a great mountain, burning with
fire, was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea
blood:  And the third part of those creatures died, which had life
in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed.  And the
third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven,
burning as it were a torch, and it fell on the third part of the
rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: [Revelations 8]
Perfect coherence. This time it will not be with water; it will be with
From miguel de Portugal
Have you noticed that when we begin a prayer we pray, as
we cross ourselves: In the Name of
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit when we should really sa
y: For the Glory of the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit?
We should only state: In the Name of
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
we Bless someone or an object or
in a certain manner.
When we are offering a prayer we are doing
it: For the Glory of the Father, the
Son and the Holy Spirit.
Have you also noticed that when we pray the Apostle's Creed we
state: ...I believe in Jesus
Christ, His only
Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin
Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,...
Although we really should state: "....suffered under the High Priest
" After all it was Caiphas who was behind His
crucifixion and not Pilate as you can see
These anomalies show up when we are praying with mind and heart and
not just repeating words mechanically as we have been taught to do. It
is amazing what becomes clear when we meditate/contemplate as we pray.