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I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.-- Psalm 116:13
Mass readings: Exodus 11:10-12:14 / Matthew 12:1-8
In today's reading, the Israelites were instructed how to eat the Passover meal: ''with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, like those who are in flight'' (Ex 12:11). Readiness was the keyword. In ancient times, men wore long robes, not conducive to speed, so they tucked their robe hems into their belts, freeing their legs for running.
In his homily, a priest once remarked that he and his fellow seminarians had worn long cassocks which they gathered up and shoved into their waistlines during recreation. ''At the crack of the bat,'' he said, ''we'd advance to base. Without girding our loins, we'd have lost every game!'' He paused. ''Which brings to mind,'' he continued, ''when Christ calls, will your loins be girt? Will you be ready when He summons?''
Prayer: Lord, deliver us from lethargy; make us alert and attentive, eagerly responsive to Your call.
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