HE WHO ATE MY BREAD HAS LIFTED HIS HEEL AGAINST ME…

Acts 13:13-25 
13 Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem;14 but they passed on from Perga and came to Antioch of Pisidia. And on the sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.15 After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.”
16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen.17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
18 And for about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness.19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years.20 And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.21 Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
23 Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
24 Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

John 13:16-20,25,27

16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.18 I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’19 I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me.”

MEDITATION 

THE FIRST READING: Upon his arrival at Pisidia in Antioch, Paul thought it wise and profitable to attend the prayer house also refered to as the synagogue, where the rulers allowed Paul the opportunity to exhort and or encourage the congregation. 

Paul begin his discourse by taking his people back to the events in Egypt, when by the hand of God they miraculously escaped from their Egyptian masters ending up in the desert for four hundred and fifty years. Against this backdrop, Paul explained the Davidic dynasty leading up to when God gave a Son, “a man after His heart,” to be the Savior of Israel, prefigured by John the Baptist who humbly took no credit for preparing the way for the Savior!

THE GOSPEL READING: Still in the Upper Room after the proclamation and institution of the New Covenant (Lk 22:20) Eucharistic Sacrificial meal, Christ addressed the eleven—save for Judas who left (v18) the memorial Supper to betray Christ. Our Lord inform the eleven that it is their duty to do the things He did; Dispensing the Sacraments, baptism, the Holy Eucharist, confession, Confirmation, the holy priesthood, extreme unction and proclaiming the Good news so that all people may receive Him. In verse twenty Christ infer that anyone who reject the teachings of the Apostles, nesserarily and wilfully reject Him!

We who are privileged to sit at the Eucharistic table of the Lord are put on notice to not partake or receive the Holy Eucharist, if we are not in a state of grace, failing which we open the door for Satan to “lift his heel,”—crushing Christs mission to forgive our sins that strengthens us to reject Satan’s tempestuous allures! It is also reasonable to infer that if we do not publicly and or privately live, share, defend or appeal to Christs message in the face of false propositions that are contrary to Church teachings as enumerated in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, it can be said that like Judas, we have lifted our heel against Christ!

LET US PRAY:Psalms 89:2-3,21-22

2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.3 Thou hast said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:21 so that my hand shall ever abide with him, my arm also shall strengthen him.22 The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.25 I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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