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February 21st, 2019


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In yesterday's.... first reading at Mass we read:

[21] 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. [22] 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:

[11] 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 with 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 then? With water!

This is categorically confirmed by the second set when He said: "....all flesh shall be no more destroyed with the waters of a floods."

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 Luke. What do we read there?

[26] And as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. [27] 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. [28] Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot: they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built. [29] And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. [30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man shall be revealed. [Luke 17]

and

[7] 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 third part of the earth was burnt up, and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. [8] 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 became blood: [9] And the third part of those creatures died, which had life in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed. [10] 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 fire.


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 say: 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 when we Bless someone or an object or act 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 Caiphas...." After all it was Caiphas who was behind His crucifixion and not Pilate as you can see here.

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.



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