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Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019
MEMORIAL OF SHARBEL MAKHL█F, PRIEST
Choose the reign of God

Who, you may ask, was Sharbel Makhlűf? Saint Sharbel, (sometimes spelled “Charbel”) was a 19th-century Maronite monk from Lebanon, the son of a mule driver. He lived a life of solitude, austerity, and prayer. After his death at the age of 70, miracles were attributed to his intercession. He was beatified in 1965 at the close of Vatican II by Pope Paul VI. In his remarks, the pope said: “May he make us understand, in a world largely fascinated by wealth and comfort, the paramount value of poverty, penance, and asceticism, to liberate the soul in its ascent to God.” Many times a day God invites us to divest from the passing world and invest in the coming reign of God. What choices will you make today?

TODAY'S READINGS: Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15; Matthew 13:1-9 (397). “Would that we had died at the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!”

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BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION

George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family including his mother-in-law. During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000. The Consul continued, “In most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.” George thought for some time and answered, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this, said, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that!” said George. “You see, I know of a case many years ago of a person, by name Jesus, who was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance.”

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