February 19, 2011

Saint Moses & Reading Between the Lines


St. John's Church
Hondo, TX
Misalettes sure are handy ... all the readings are presented to us in a very neat and orderly fashion.  However, sometimes, as my friend Fr. Vincent says, it is a good idea to read a few of the nearby verses as well, so that we can get a fuller understanding what we hear at mass.   

For example, tomorrow's First Reading shares four verses from the 19th chapter of Leviticus (four very good verses), but if you pull out your Bible and read a few other lines in this chapter, you'll find some very intriguing additional details.  These extra verses help to realize that Moses delivered much more than the 10 Commandments.

For example:

- Don't reap your harvest all the way to the edges of your field. (v.9)
- Don't put a stumbling block before the blind. (v.14)
- Don't wear garments sewn with two different kinds of thread. (v.19)
- Do not practice soothsaying. (v.26)
- Do not clip your hair at the temples. (v.27)
- Do not tattoo yourselves. (v.28)
- Be nice to foreigners. (v.34)

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