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Comments on daily Scripture
7/16/2011 12:47:06 AM
Mass Reading & Meditation for July 16, 2011
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Meditation: Exodus 12:37-42

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“A crowd of mixed ancestry went up with them.” (Exodus 12:38)

So just who made up this “crowd of mixed ancestry” who left Egypt with the Israelites? Some were probably pagans who had married Israelites. Some were probably the offspring of such marriages. Others were likely foreigners who, like the Israelites, had been forced into slavery and now grabbed the opportunity to escape by joining themselves to Moses’ company. Maybe they even shared the Israelites’ belief in a liberating God. Whoever they were, the people who gained freedom in the Exodus transcended the narrow bounds of the Hebrew race.

Just as the crowd that left Egypt in the Exodus was “mixed,” so too is the Christian church today. Not every Christian worships in the same way or holds the same beliefs that we do as Catholics. But whatever differences we may have, God calls us to treat each other with respect and honor. As Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism makes clear, “All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are members of Christ’s body, and have a right to be called Christian.” We are all brothers and sisters in Christ! We are all one family. We are all walking away from Egypt and headed toward the Promised Land.

So how can we help each other on this journey? What can we do to help foster Christian unity? One of the best things we can do is to look at people from different traditions with eyes of love and respect. We can avoid the extremes and prejudices that have often marked how Christians from different traditions relate. For example, we should be careful not to disparage other traditions or go so far as to claim that these believers aren’t Christian. Of course, we shouldn’t gloss over our real and crucial differences, but we should never let these differences deter us from the goal of unity.

We can also work together, serving in a local pro-life clinic, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. These are all wonderful opportunities to grow closer as brothers and sisters and to share our faith with each other. As we get to know each other, we will come to see that much more unites us than divides us. And that can move us to pray all the more deeply for full and real unity among all believers.

“Father, teach us all to grow together in unity and love.”

Psalm 136:1,23-24,10-15;

Matthew 12:14-21


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