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(Mk 6:25-29)
The girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison.

He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother.

When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

(Mt 23:27-28)
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth.

Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

The Thomistic Institute (Priory of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies) has launched an interesting video series on St. Thomas Aquinas. They are releasing a total of 86 videos (2 per week) entitled "Aquinas 101". It will serve as an approachable introduction to St. Thomas' philosophy and the basics of the Summa Theologiae.

They have a couple of other courses available too, with more coming. It is all free of charge.

(Mt 23:25-26)
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.

Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.

Did your Sunday homily on Luke 13:22-30 seem to address Matthew 7:13-14 (wide/narrow gates)?

There is overlap in the verses, but the exegesis I have heard and read skips over Luke 13:24: "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." This is a difference between these Gospels and worth attention.

As opposed to contrasting the 2 paths, to me this addresses those already on (or trying to stay on) the narrow path. Specifically, it is a warning for the lukewarm.

Any thoughts?

(mt 23:20-22)
One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.

(Lk 13:27-30)
Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where [you] are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!' And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.

And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

St. Ignatius: "When the devil wants to attack anyone, he first of all looks to see on what side his defenses are weakest or in worst order; then he moves up his artillery to make a breach at that spot."

Fr. Arturo Sosa: "The devil exists as a symbolic reality, not as a personal reality."

Fr. Sosa is the superior general of the Jesuits, the "black pope", numero uno, entrusted with St. Ignatius' legacy.

The Jesuits have an amazing history. Modern Jesuits seem to be divided. Some are truly awesome, faithful men. Others appear to be heretical or nearly so and sow dangerous confusion.

I like Larry Elder, he is an honest no crap commentator who loves to expose hypocrisy. This piece is about fake news.

(N.B. The title seems a bit Trump promotional, that's a shame. The content stands on its own.)

(Jn 1:49-51)
Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

(Mt 22:36-40)
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"

He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

(Mt 22:4-6)
A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."'

Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.

Jonathan Coe has a good piece at the always excellent Crisis Magazine. In it, he looks at the flaws of modernist, "liberal" Catholics vs. the timeless magisterial teaching of the Church (true and unchangable, btw).

(Mt 20:11-16)
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.'

He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?

Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? [Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'

Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Use any web browser you wish, EXCEPT Google Chrome. (For differing usages, I use Vivaldi and Brave -- both with Chrome's rendering engine -- and Firefox).

Evil Google is using anti-competitive manipulation of their services to make your user experience on their websites lower, unless you are on Chrome.

So, and always a good recommendation, use non-Google services wherever possible.

(Mt 19:29-30)
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.

But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

(Mt 19:20-22)
The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"

Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

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