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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (HABAKKUK 1:12-2:4)

THE UPRIGHT MAN WILL LIVE BY HIS FAITHFULNESS.

Are not you, from ancient times Lord,
my God, my Holy One, who never dies?
Lord, you have made this people an instrument of justice,
set it firm as a rock in order to punish.

Your eyes are too pure to rest on wickedness,
you cannot look on at tyranny.
Why do you look on while men are treacherous,
and stay silent while the evil man swallows a better man than he?

You treat mankind like fishes in the sea,
like creeping, masterless things.
A people, these, who catch all on their hook,
who draw them with their net,
in their dragnet gather them,
and so, triumphantly, rejoice.

At this, they offer a sacrifice to their net,
and burn incense to their dragnet,
for providing them with luxury
and lavish food.
Are they then to empty their net unceasingly,
slaughtering nations without pity?

I will stand on my watchtower,
and take up my post on my battlements,
watching to see what he will say to me,
what answer he will make to my complaints.

Then the Lord answered and said,
“Write the vision down,
inscribe it on tablets
to be easily read,
since this vision is for its own time only:
eager for its fulfilment, it does not deceive;
if it comes slowly, wait,
for come it will, without fail.

“See, how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights,
but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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27th FEBRUARY, BIBLE READING (JAMES 5:1-6)

THE CRIES OF THE REAPERS YOU CHEATED HAVE REACHED THE EARS OF THE LORD.

The answer for the rich: start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body.

It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers moved your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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BISHOP DECIDES TO STOP BUYING MEAT

“Auxilliary Bishop John Arnold of Westminster has said that he will no longer buy meat. Bishop Arnold, who is chairman of Cafod, the aid agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: ‘I have just come to the conclusion that the production of meat is expensive in terms of the consumption of crops by the animals that we then eat. My travels as a trustee of Cafod have shown me how people see meat as a real luxury and I think that is a good way of viewing it.’

He said he should probably extend his thinking to fish, although he has not done so yet. He explained that he is not a vegetarian, because he will eat meat if someone has gone to the trouble preparing it for him. Growing crops for farm animals in America uses up nearly half of the country’s water supply and 80 per cent of its agricultural land, according to government figures.”
– This article by Mary Katherine Haley was published in “The Catholic Herald”, issue June 21 2013. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 

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