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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Exodus 2:1-15
Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Matthew 11:20-24

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"Pharoah's daughter...adopted [Moses] as her son." —Exodus 2:10

Pharoah, out of fear of the prospering Hebrew people, issued the command to kill every baby boy born to the Hebrews. In a wonderful reversal of this brutally unjust law, God, in His mercy and justice, led Pharoah's very daughter to break her father's law and thus begin the deliverance of the Hebrew people. Last week we read about God bringing about a similar reversal in the case of Joseph. His brothers meant evil in trying to kill him, but God reversed Joseph's fortunes for the good (Rm 8:28; Gn 37-50).

The Lord always has the upper hand. In any situation of injustice and depravity, God undermines the evil regime in the most wonderfully creative ways. In addition, evil undermines itself as well, and sows the seeds of its own downfall. The power of God has no limit. He can work all things, including evil, to bring about good (Rm 8:28; Gn 50:20). Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Rm 5:20).

We live in the midst of a faithless, perverse, and corrupt generation (Phil 2:15; Mt 11:21ff). We are bombarded by the apparent triumphs of injustice and unholiness, and so it is possible to lose hope in the powerful coming of God's kingdom. "Fix your eyes on Jesus" (Heb 3:1). Jesus has conquered sin, evil, unholiness, and death. The Lord knows what He is doing. Difficult times require great faith, and we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). The deliverance of Moses by Pharoah's own daughter teaches us that with God, all things are possible (Mt 19:26).

Prayer:  Father, make me stop looking at everything but You.

Promise:  "For the Lord hears the poor, and His own who are in bonds he spurns not." —Ps 69:34

Praise:  Hermits lived on Mt. Carmel in the 12th century. By the 13th century they became known as "Brothers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel." They have always championed Mary and her Immaculate Conception. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

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