Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading we learn that Balaam is unable to curse the people of Israel instead he blesses them four times. God gives Balaam the words to say. The Israelites themselves are living on the plains of Moab and waiting to enter the Promise Land. The Israelites are “playing the harlot” with the people of Moab and are sacrificing to their Gods. God could have cursed his people but rather he blesses them and this speaks to the goodness of God and shows the weakness of the human heart.
Phinehas is praised by God for rising up against idolarity and infidelity in the tent of meating.
In Deuteronomy today, the people of Israel are commanded to give their first fruites of their fields to the Lord and also commanded to offer a tithe every theird year. This is given not just to the Lord but also for the care of the widows, orphans and strangers.
We can apply this today where we look to government and others to take care of the poor. What if we were able to do this ourselves through the works of our Church. If we all did this, the world would certainly look different.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Balaam then saw that it pleased Yahweh to bless Israel. He did not go as before to seek omens but turned towards the desert.
4 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God. He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.
10 Balak flew into a rage with Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to Balaam, ‘I brought you to curse my enemies, and you have insisted on blessing them three times over!
14 Now that I am going back to my own folk, let me warn you what this people will do to your people, in days to come.’
17 I see him — but not in the present. I perceive him — but not close at hand: a star is emerging from Jacob, a sceptre is rising from Israel, to strike the brow of Moab, the skulls of all the children of Seth.
19 when Jacob tramples on his enemies and destroys the last survivors of Ar.
20 Balaam then looked at Amalek and declaimed his poem, as follows: Amalek, the earliest of nations! But his posterity will perish forever.
21 He then looked at the Kenites and declaimed his poem, as follows: Your dwelling was firm, Kain, your nest perched high in the rock.
22 But the nest belongs to Beor; how long will you be Asshur’s captive?
1 Israel settled at Shittim. The people gave themselves over to prostitution with Moabite women.
3 With Israel thus committed to the Baal of Peor, Yahweh’s anger was aroused against them.
4 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Take all the leaders of the people. Impale them facing the sun, for Yahweh, to deflect his burning anger from Israel.’
6 One of the Israelites came along, bringing the Midianite woman into his family, under the very eyes of Moses and the whole community of Israelites as they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
7 The priest Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, on seeing this, stood up, left the assembly, seized a lance,
8 followed the Israelite into the alcove, and there ran them both through, the Israelite and the woman, through the stomach. Thus the plague which had struck the Israelites was arrested.
11 ‘The priest Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron has deflected my wrath from the Israelites, he being the only one of them to have the same zeal as I have; for which reason, I did not make an end of the Israelites in my zeal.
12 For this reason I say: To him I grant my covenant of peace.
13 To him and his descendants after him, this covenant will assure the priesthood for ever. In reward for his zeal for his God, he will have the right to perform the ritual of expiation for the Israelites.’
16 Yahweh then spoke to Moses and said,
18 for harassing you with their guile in the Peor affair and in the affair of their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, the womanwho was killed the day the plague came on account of the business of Peor.’
2 you must set aside the first-fruits of all the produce of the soil raised by you in your country, given you by Yahweh your God. You must put these in a basket and go to the place where Yahweh your God chooses to give his name a home.
5 In the presence of Yahweh your God, you will then pronounce these words: “My father was a wandering Aramaean, who went down to Egypt with a small group of men, and stayed there, until he there became a great, powerful and numerous nation.
12 ‘In the third year, the tithing year, when you have finished taking the tithe of your whole income and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the orphan and the widow so that, in your towns, they may eat to their heart’s content,
13 in the presence of Yahweh your God, you must say: “I have cleared my house of what was consecrated. Yes, I have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the orphan and the widow, in accordance with all the commandments you have imposed on me, neither going beyond your commandments nor neglecting them.
14 When in mourning, I have not eaten any of it; when unclean, I have taken none of it away; I have given none of it for the dead. I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh my God and I have behaved in every way as you have commanded me.
16 ‘Yahweh your God commands you today to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 ‘Today you have obtained this declaration from Yahweh: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his customs, and listen to his voice.
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, his faithful love lasts for ever.
2 So let them say whom Yahweh redeemed, whom he redeemed from the power of their enemies,
5 they were hungry and thirsty, their life was ebbing away.
6 They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight,
9 He has fed the hungry to their hearts’ content, filled the starving with good things.
12 he subdued their spirit by hard labour; if they fell there was no one to help.
13 They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight,
19 they cried out to Yahweh in their distress; he rescued them from their plight,
20 he sent out his word and cured them, and rescued their life from the abyss.
28 They cried out to Yahweh in their distress, he rescued them from their plight,
35 But he has turned desert into stretches of water, arid ground into bubbling springs,
38 He blesses them and their numbers increase, he keeps their cattle at full strength.
39 Their numbers had fallen, they had grown weak, under pressure of disaster and hardship;