“They took him and threw him into the cistern, which was empty and dry. Then they sat down to their meal.” —Genesis 37:24-25

The hardness of the human heart is fully portrayed in today’s readings. The brothers of Joseph moved quickly and easily from cold-blooded plotting of their brother’s death, to throwing him in the cistern to die, to sitting down to eat their dinner. It’s no different today, as an abortionist and his attendants can murder multiple babies in a day’s work, and then head out to a restaurant to enjoy their supper.

Sadly, this even happens in the Church. Catholic politicians, newscasters, and voters repeatedly cast their ballots and opinions for death, and then sit down in the pew at Sunday Mass for the Eucharistic banquet. Couples contracept and chemically abort their children and then sit down in the pews for the Eucharist.

St. Paul commented on partaking in the Eucharist unworthily. He stated: “Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter! … This means that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily sins against the Body and Blood of the Lord. A man should examine himself first; only then should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor 11:22, 27-28). Otherwise, we put “a judgment on” ourselves and make ourselves “sick and infirm” (1 Cor 11:29-30).

“Be earnest about it, therefore. Repent!” (Rv 3:19)

PRAYER: Father, I repent and accept Your offer to make things right (Is 1:18). Cleanse me of my sins and make me holy (see Ps 51:4).
PROMISE: “The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Keystone of the structure.” –Mt 21:42
PRAISE: Jesus delivered Robert from a lifestyle of selling and abusing drugs.

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