Mass Readings: July 18

First: Exodus 14:5-18
Resp: Exodus 15:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42

Reprinted from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community


"And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over the sea, split the sea in two, that the Israelites may pass through it on dry land." –Exodus 14:16

The Israelites, who had seen the Lord miraculously plague the Egyptians with frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn, did not truly believe in these miracles. If they had, they would have believed that the Lord would do one more miracle and free them from the pursuing Egyptian army at the Red Sea. Instead, they expected to be killed (Ex 14:11).

The scribes and Pharisees were like the Israelites at the Red Sea, for they did not believe in Jesus' many miracles of healing and deliverance. They insisted on Jesus doing more signs, as if the miracles He had already worked were inadequate (Mt 12:38).

We likewise need to believe in the miracles the Lord has already done. Our faith is based on the miracles of His Incarnation, sacrificial death, and Resurrection. Our life in Christ is based on the miracles the Lord has done in Baptism, the Eucharist, and the other sacraments. To live the Christian life, we must believe not only that the Lord can do miracles but especially that He has done miracles.

Ask the Lord to strengthen your faith in His death and Resurrection. By His grace, strengthen your faith in being baptized into His death and Resurrection. Live on miracles.

PRAYER: Father, give me much greater faith in Your miracles from the past.
PROMISE: "The Lord Himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still." –Ex 14:14
PRAISE: St. Camillus fought the addiction of gambling and turned his life over to God.