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Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop & Dr. of the Church
Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
Psalm 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
Matthew 13:44-46
The first reading is the Prophet Jeremiah complaining about the all the
trouble he has met with in trying to teach others about the word of
God. People were full of contempt and scorn for him and so
Jeremiah laments about it would be better to not to have been born.
God reminds Jeremiah that He will protect him. The Gospel reading
details Jesus˅ analogy of heaven being like the most wonderful treas-
ures found here on Earth and we would give up all we have to experi-
ence Heaven.
God tells Jeremiah that all those who believe in Him and who trust in
him will be protected against their enemies, ˈI will free you from the
hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.ˉ
God is always there for us, even in our darkest moments when we
might feel alone, distrustful, slandered against or persecuted; God is
there to ˄rescue us from the hand of the wicked˅. How comforting to
know that God is there accepting us, protecting us and guiding us!
Too many times we lament about our lives and the impossibility of our
situations, but as Jeremiah did, we must believe and have faith in our
God and his ability to ˄free us˅ and ˄protect us˅. Jesus reminds us of
this in the Gospel. Heaven is like a wonderful jewel, ready for us,
welcoming us and all it takes is faith and belief, we just need to ˄give
away˅ our doubt and our life to God and in return we get the most re-
markable gift in return!