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<< Thursday, August 21, 2003 >> Pope St. Pius X
Judges 11:29-39
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Psalm 40 Matthew 22:1-14
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"Whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the Lord. I shall offer him up as a holocaust." —Judges 11:31

Jephthah wrongly vowed to offer a human sacrifice if he defeated the Ammonites in war. He defeated the Ammonites, and he offered as a holocaust his only child, a virgin daughter (Jgs 11:34ff).

Although Jephthah was so wrong in his vow, the sacrifice of Jephthah's daughter has intrigued many of God's people for centuries. Possibly this is because in a remote way the sacrifice of Jephthah's daughter prefigured the human sacrifice of Jesus, the Father's only-begotten, virgin Son. The strange events regarding Jephthah's daughter can be a remote, ancient entry into contemplation of the mystery of God's plan of salvation.

We have been baptized into Christ and into His death and resurrection (Rm 6:3ff). We should be immersed in and preoccupied with the crucified and risen Jesus. We should see everything in reference to the central event of all human history: the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, that is, the Paschal mystery. Let us abide forever in the mystery of the Trinity's saving love.

Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to make me an everlasting contemplative of the Paschal mystery.
Promise: "Go out into the byroads and invite to the wedding anyone you come upon." —Mt 22:9
Praise: Pope St. Pius X's papal motto was: "Renew all things in Christ."
(To learn more about the Bible and the Paschal mystery, we have a large forty-tape series of teachings on the New Testament. To start, order the four tapes covering the entire gospel of Matthew, audio tapes #700, 701, 702, and 703.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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