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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018
Empty the schedule for a while

As you take some time for fun and pleasure this summer, remember that what you are doing is holy. It is our duty to rest, repair, and restore ourselves. Several times a year that actually means vacating our normal routine and residence. The word vacation comes from the Latin vacare, “to be empty, be free.” Taking a vacation is a separate and very different act from making a retreat (from the Latin for “withdraw”), though that, too, is often a holy act. Without the release a vacation provides, our lives can easily get thrown off balance, which leads to stress, exhaustion, apathy, and eventually hardness of heart—a trait Jesus condemns in today’s gospel.

TODAY'S READINGS: Isaiah 7:1-9; Matthew 11:20-24 (390). “If the mighty deeds done here had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until now.”

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