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May you feel joy as you read the remarkable prophecy about the Messiah. Matthew 2:6 quotes Micah; Luke and John concur (Luke 2:4; John 7:42). Be alert to engrave special verses in your heart by writing with your hand.
The traditional liturgy for Good Friday uses 6:3-5 as the basis for “The Reproaches.” As a wounded lover, God asks the people what he has done to merit such rejection, then recalls the blessings poured out upon the Chosen People.
In 6:6, there is a contrast between the anxiety of the people when they come to conviction, and what the Lord requires: “Only this: to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God” (6:8, Jerusalem Bible).
Find peace in the concluding image in v. 19. Unlike the Titanic, your sins will never be retrieved from the ocean floor!
“He shall be the one of peace.” 5.5
Act justly, love tenderly. 6:8
Walking humbly with my God 6:8
I look to You; You hear me. 7:7
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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