Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Old Testament Gem: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, July 21st, 2014

            Sometimes we may be intimidated to read and pray within the Old Testament.  The several different type of literary genres, long lists and confusing passages may deter our prayer and study of this section of the Bible.
            Yet the Church has always maintained the sanctity of both the Old and New Testaments for meditation and knowledge.  These books show how God’s providence has worked in salvation history.  Plus, St. Augustine gave a basic axiom we have always held as true: “The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old is fulfilled in the New.”
            If we skip the Old Testament, we miss many gems of wisdom that are applicable today.  Micah features one of them today.  (I won’t ask you if you have ever read this Minor Prophet, or if you could find it in the Bible quickly!)  He declares, “You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  This is the Gospel in a nutshell and is clearly fulfilled by Jesus.
            Lord, may we do right, love goodness and walk humbly with you today.

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