Today's Mass Readings

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The Responsorial Psalm tells us: "The just will gaze on your face, O Lord" (Psalm 11). And this is true of the

face of the incarnate Jesus. Even after his ascension into heaven, we still see his face in the members of his risen body on earth, those living by his divine life, in whom Jesus himself continues to  live and act.

Acts 28: 16-31 is another confirmation of the fact that God achieves his end...

The Responsorial Psalm invites us to confidence: "The Lord has set his throne in heaven" (Psalm 103).

Acts 25: 13-21 show how God works through events to fulfill his own plan. King Agrippa said that Paul "could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor." But God's plan was for Paul to go to Rome and bear witness there. Why?

It may have been so that Peter and Paul would both die there....

The Responsorial Psalm focuses hope where it should be: "Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope" (Psalm

16).

Acts 22:30 to 23:11 are a fulfillment of what Jesus predicted: "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two.." (Luke 12: 51-53). Paul divided the council that was judging him...

The readings express the concern Jesus and Paul have for the protection of the flock after they are gone. In

response, the Responsorial Psalm cites the last verses of yesterday's Psalm, emphasizing God's power, and inviting us again: "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth" (Psalm 68).

In Acts 20: 28-38 Paul warns the elders of the Church in Ephesus that "Some even from your own group will come distor...

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