Battles Royale + Promised Land Locale

Seems somehow fitting that the Hoyas should fall in double overtime on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads.

…Today at Mass we pray part of Psalm 105. This psalm recounts the history of God’s faithfulness to His chosen people.

His great faithfulness towards Israel began with _____________. Abraham had a son named ______________. And a grandson named ______________.

Moses led the people back to the ______________ _________.

This is review, right? We went over this twelve days ago.

Now, Psalm 105 and our Lord Jesus’ Parable of the Wicked Tenants agree on one very important point.

Where is the Promised Land? Where is the land flowing with milk and honey, where God’s chosen ones may live in peace? Where is the well-cultivated vineyard where fruits grow at the proper times?

Psalm 105 concludes with these words:

He gave them the lands…that they might keep His statues and observe His teachings.

The Promised Land cannot be found on any earthly map. Only in heaven do they have the full Promised Land road atlas.

The Promised Land is where people obey God.

One thought on “Battles Royale + Promised Land Locale

  1. Father Mark,

    Naturally, I focused on the 1st reading; and I was struck by the 20 pieces of silver paid for Joseph by the Ishmaelites. It’s not 30 pieces; but the idea is the same: the beloved son being sold out; yet, it’s all part of God’s plan.

    There was a good piece on the Civil War in the Post this last weekend; and I’m sure there will be more. Did you catch it? These years (the sesquicentennial of the Civil War) are full of exciting information about that era; e.g., Grant’s deportation order for all Jews; and Lincoln’s letter sparing a man from military service because his brothers had all been killed in the war.

    As for the Hoyas: could it be that their defeat was part of God’s plan? Perhaps it’s His way of inveigling a visit from a certain “tall, goofy priest” [remember there were lots of them at the Mall on the day of the March] to D.C. — to set the Hoyas straight.



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