Catholic Daily Devotional and Reading for 18 July 2019

Topic: ‘God I Am’
Key Verse: This is what you shall tell the children of Israel: I AM sent me to you. – Exodus 3:14

Message: Hamlet asked, “To be or not to be?” God leaves no doubt for Moses in the burning bush: “I AM WHO AM.” It’s more than a name; it’s salvation history, riding the wheels of time and eternity. We know about the Blessed Trinity, but God also identifies with another grouping, rooted in human history–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.

By the time this family tree bears its ultimate fruit, we could add, “the God of Jesus of Nazareth,” as Moses would himself attest at the Transfiguration. Thus, the burning bush becomes a comfy nest for us little birdies of faith in Jesus’ mustard tree. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  (Miguel Dulick)

Daily Reading for Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Reading 1: Exodus 3:11-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 105:5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30

Reading 1: Exodus 3:11-20
11 Moses said to God, ‘Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’

12 ‘I shall be with you,’ God said, ‘and this is the sign by which you will know that I was the one who sent you. After you have led the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’

13 Moses then said to God, ‘Look, if I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is his name?” what am I to tell them?’

14 God said to Moses, ‘I am he who is.’ And he said, ‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ‘

15 God further said to Moses, ‘You are to tell the Israelites, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time, and thus I am to be invoked for all generations to come.

16 ‘Go, gather the elders of Israel together and tell them, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has appeared to me — the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob — and has indeed visited you and seen what is being done to you in Egypt,

17 and has said: I shall bring you out of the misery of Egypt to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a country flowing with milk and honey.”

18 They will listen to your words, and you and the elders of Israel are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, “Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has encountered us. So now please allow us to make a three-days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to Yahweh our God.”

19 I am well aware that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is compelled by a mighty hand; Catholic Daily Devotional and Reading for 18 July 2019

20 he will not let you go until I have stretched out my arm and struck Egypt with all the wonders I intend to work there.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 105:5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27
5 Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders, the judgements he has spoken.

8 He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he laid down for a thousand generations,

9 which he concluded with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.

24 He made his people increase in numbers, he gave them more strength than their enemies,

25 whose heart he turned to hate his own people, to double-cross his servants.

26 He sent his servant Moses, and Aaron, the man of his choice.

27 They worked there the wonders he commanded, marvels in the country of Ham.

Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30
28 ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’

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