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Responsibility for Property

Responsibility for Property

The entire chapter is filled with examples of the principle of restitution- making wrongs right. Thus, it points out that we have done someone any wrong, then we should go beyond what is expected to make things right. This will not only help us ease any pain we have caused, but also help the other person to be more forgiving. It shall also make us more likely to think before we do it again.
God warned the Israelites not to treat strangers unfairly because they themselves were one stranger in Egypt. It is not easy coming into a new environment where one feels alone and out of place. Be sensitive to their struggles, and express God’s love for your kindness and generosity.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
20 Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction.
21 You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
28 You shall not revile God, or curse a leader of your people.
31 You shall be people consecrated to me; therefore you shall not eat any meat that is mangled by beasts in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs.

Let’s Pray: Every year on the Easter Day we hear a lot of bombing/shooting take place at various religious conventions. Christians are killed in hundreds and thousands in number. They turn the joyous celebrations to mourning and weeping. Such events are meant to break the faith but on the contrary it breaks the trust in humanity and strengthens the faith in God. Those who suffer the injuries or mourn the dead are willing to keep Lord’s spirit alive by coming together and praying for the world peace. Lord’s laws are very just. These laws guide us and protect us from sinning against him. We pray earnestly to keep us protected and help us to be kind to strangers.

Chapter 22: Responsibility for Property
1 When someone steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, the thief shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. The thief shall make restitution, but if unable to do so, shall be sold for the theft.
2 If a thief is found breaking in, and is beaten to death, no bloodguilt is incurred;
3 but if it happens after sunrise, bloodguilt is incurred.
4 When the animal, whether ox or donkey or sheep, is found alive in the thief’s possession, the thief shall pay double.
5 When someone causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets livestock loose to graze in someone else’s field, restitution shall be made from the best in the owner’s field or vineyard.
6 When fire breaks out and catches in thorns so that the stacked grain or the standing grain or the field is consumed, the one who started the fire shall make full restitution.
7 When someone delivers to a neighbor money or goods for safekeeping, and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, then the thief, if caught, shall pay double.
8 If the thief is not caught, the owner of the house shall be brought before God, to determine whether or not the owner had laid hands on the neighbor’s goods.
9 In any case of disputed ownership involving ox, donkey, sheep, clothing, or any other loss, of which one party says, “This is mine,” the case of both parties shall come before God; the one whom God condemns shall pay double to the other.
10 When someone delivers to another a donkey, ox, sheep, or any other animal for safekeeping, and it dies or is injured or is carried off, without anyone seeing it,
11 an oath before the LORD shall decide between the two of them that the one has not laid hands on the property of the other; the owner shall accept the oath, and no restitution shall be made.
12 But if it was stolen, restitution shall be made to its owner.
13 If it was mangled by beasts, let it be brought as evidence; restitution shall not be made for the mangled remains.
14 When someone borrows an animal from another and it is injured or dies, the owner not being present, full restitution shall be made.
15 If the owner was present, there shall be no restitution; if it was hired, only the hiring fee is due.
16 When a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to be married, and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price for her and make her his wife.
17 But if her father refuses to give her to him, he shall pay an amount equal to the bride-price for virgins. Social and religious commands
18 You shall not permit a female sorcerer to live.
19 Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death.
20 Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction.
21 You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
22 You shall not abuse any widow or orphan.
23 If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry;
24 my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans.
25 If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them.
26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak in pawn, you shall restore it before the sun goes down;
27 for it may be your neighbor’s only clothing to use as cover; in what else shall that person sleep? And if your neighbor cries out to me, I will listen, for I am compassionate.
28 You shall not revile God, or curse a leader of your people.
29 You shall not delay to make offerings from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me.
30 You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep: seven days it shall remain with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to me.
31 You shall be people consecrated to me; therefore you shall not eat any meat that is mangled by beasts in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs.

 

 

 

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Jacob’s Children

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Rachel and Leah were locked in a cruel contest. In their race to have more children they both gave their maidservants to Jacob as concubines. Jacob would have been wise to refuse, even though this was an accepted custom of the day. The fact that a custom is socially acceptable does not mean it is wise or right. You will be spared much heartbreak if you look at the potential consequences, to you other, of your actions. Are you doing anything now that might cause failure problems?

Eventually God answered Rachel’s prayers and gave her a child of her own. In the meantime, however, she had given her maidservants to Jacob. Trusting God when nothing seems to happen is difficult. But it is harder still to live with the consequences of taking matters into our own hands. Resist the temptation to think God has forgotten you. Have patience and courage to wait for God to act.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
Then God remembered Rachel, and God heeded her and opened her womb.

She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach”;

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, give us the patience to bear our difficult and trying times with prayers and faith. Though we would be tempted to take matters in our hands and try to resolve it but you are all knowing have best interests for us. Help us that display full faith and belief in you. Guide and love us always Lord. Amen

Chapter 30: Jacob’s Children

1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!”
2 Jacob became very angry with Rachel and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
3 Then she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees and that I too may have children through her.”
4 So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her.
5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
6 Then Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she named him Dan.
7 Rachel’s maid Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
8 Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed”; so she named him Naphtali.
9 When Leah saw that she had ceased bearing children, she took her maid Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
10 Then Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, “Good fortune!” so she named him Gad.
12 Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, “Happy am I! For the women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher.
14 In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
15 But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband?
Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.”
16 When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, “You must come in to me; for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.
17 And God heeded Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 Leah said, “God has given me my hire because I gave my maid to my husband”; so she named him Issachar.
19 And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son.
20 Then Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good dowry; now my husband will honor me, because I have borne him six sons”; so she named him Zebulun.
21 Afterwards she bore a daughter, and named her Dinah.
22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God heeded her and opened her womb.
23 She conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach”;
24 and she named him Joseph, saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!”
The birth of Jacob’s flocks
25 When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.
26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.”
27 But Laban said to him, “If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you;
28 name your wages, and I will give it.”
29 Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me.
30 For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly; and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?”
31 He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it:
32 let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.
33 So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.”
34 Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.”
35 But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons; 36 and he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban’s flock.
37 Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods.
38 He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,
39 the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted.
40 Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban’s flock.
41 Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods,
42 but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.
43 Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

 
 

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Prayer for Families

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God the Father/ the Son and the Holy Spirit/ source, strength and summit of families/ we thank and praise you/ for the gift of all families/ created in your images and likeness/ and spread out/ in the mountains and plains/ of our Diocese of Simla Chandigarh./ Fill our families with your Holy Spirit/ so that they may be centered on the Word/ and draw inspiration/ from your divine family of the Trinity/ and the human family of Nazareth/ Jesus, Mary and Joseph./ May the broken and dysfunctional families be made whole/ sinful families be made holy./ May each family experience your unconditional love./ May all the families-/parents and children/ husbands and wives/ brothers and sisters/ through the death and resurrection of Jesus/ become sacramental presence/ of grace and blessing/ for one another/ and be agents of/ God’s reconciliation and salvation.
Amen.

Mary, Queen of peace, Pray for us
Mary, Queen of families, Pray for us
Blessed Deva Sahayam Pillai, Pray for us
Blessed Mariam Thresia, Pray for us

PRAYER FOR FAMILY prepared by Family Commission,Simla Chandigarh Diocese posted by Fr.P.Sahayaraj. Kindly pray.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Prayers

 

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