May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Pius X

Learn more about St. Pius X: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=313

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082117.cfm

The children of Israel offended the LORD by serving the Baals. Abandoning the LORD, the God of their fathers, who led them out of the land of Egypt, they followed the other gods of the various nations around them, and by their worship of these gods provoked the LORD.

Because they had thus abandoned him and served Baal and the Ashtaroth, the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel, and he delivered them over to plunderers who despoiled them. He allowed them to fall into the power of their enemies round about whom they were no longer able to withstand. Whatever they undertook, the LORD turned into disaster for them, as in his warning he had sworn he would do, till they were in great distress. Even when the LORD raised up judges to deliver them from the power of their despoilers, they did not listen to their judges, but abandoned themselves to the worship of other gods. They were quick to stray from the way their fathers had taken, and did not follow their example of obedience to the commandments of the LORD. Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, he would be with the judge and save them from the power of their enemies as long as the judge lived; it was thus the LORD took pity on their distressful cries of affliction under their oppressors. But when the judge died, they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors, following other gods in service and worship, relinquishing none of their evil practices or stubborn conduct.

We are following our ancestors to our destruction. We are turning away from the Lord and His commandments and setting up false Gods. What will it take for the world to see what they are doing and return to the truth? History has a way of repeating itself if we do not pay attention. Do you honor the true God or the false god of the world? If you follow the true God, what are you doing to bring Him to your piece of the world?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the true God and I honor you and follow your commandments. Not out of fear but out of love for all you have done for me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.

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