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The Weekly Word

Throughout the Bible, we see that God is a God who cares for and is concerned about the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed. We also see that God is not against wealth – God is just against the way some people use their wealth, or I should rather say, DON’T use their wealth.

This week’s Scriptures inform us of God’s love for those who are poor, God’s intolerance toward those who oppress the poor, and God’s expectations that the Church will focus on prayer for others. The Gospel ends the week with a call to faithful living, choosing God above all else.

This week’s readings show us what an awesome God we serve! They move from being a sinful people, acknowledging our sin, asking for forgiveness, to living in grace and being rejoiced over in heaven.

This week our Scriptures point us to the way we should live our lives: loving God, delighting in the ways of the Lord, receiving those who did us wrong as family, and following Jesus no matter the cost.

This week’s Scriptures speak about how we conduct our daily lives. They encourage us to live humbly with God and one another, to be righteous in our dealings with others, to remember that God loves us and to love others in return, and to extend hospitality to those who cannot repay us.
This week’s readings call us to reflect on how we are living our lives. Are we showing justice and mercy in how we live our lives?
There is a thread weaving through the Scriptures this week of a call to live our lives as God’s children in a manner that is faithful to the Gospel and offers justice to all.
This week our Scriptures encourage us to trust in God, keep up our faith and hope in God, and look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises in our lives.