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Friday, March 13, 2009

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Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28
Psalm 105:16-21
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

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"The Stone Which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure." —Matthew 21:42

The devil tempts us to reject the most important parts of God's plan of salvation. Joseph's brothers rejected him (Gn 37:20) although he was called by God to save the people. The Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus the Messiah.

For centuries the Catholic Church unofficially ignored the importance of God's Word, while officially accepting it. The Protestants have rejected Jesus in the Eucharist. More recently, even some Catholics have rejected Jesus in the Eucharist, not so much doctrinally as practically. By locking their churches for fear of vandalism, Catholics de-emphasize daily Mass and discourage visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Many Christians from several denominations reject and stifle the Holy Spirit, even though without the Spirit we cannot please God (Rm 8:8).

We are still rejecting the Keystone of the structure. Repent!

Prayer:  Lord, You've never rejected me, but I've frequently rejected You. From this Lent on may I never reject you again.

Promise:  "The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will yield a rich harvest." —Mt 21:43

Praise:  At times when feeling personally rejected, Maria remembers He Who is the most rejected.

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Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 11, 2008

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