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The Gospel Reading.
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”And as they went, they were cleansed.
15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Confession and Absolution
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Read about the artist who makes these scenes out of paper.
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Our Scripture reading of the day.
4Back in Susa, Esther’s maids and eunuchs witnessed Mordecai mourning outside of the king’s gate. They went and reported to the queen all that they saw.
Esther: What is wrong ? Why is he doing this? It breaks my heart to think of him like this. Take these clothes to Mordecai so he can put them on instead of wearing sackcloth.
But when the servants arrived , Mordecai refused to wear the clothes Queen Esther had sent. 5So Esther sent for Hathach, who was one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to serve her.
Esther: Hathach, go to Mordecai at once. Find out why he is mourning, and report back to me all that he says.
6Hathach went to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7Mordecai told the queen’s servant everything that had happened and how much money Haman had pledged to place into the royal treasury in exchange for the destruction of the Jews. 8Then he gave Hathach a copy of the order for mass murder of the Jews, the same order issued in the city of Susa.
Mordecai: Show it to Esther. Tell her everything I have told you. Convince her to go before her king and plead for his favor, not only for her life, but also for the lives of her people.
9Hathach returned to Esther and told her everything Mordecai had said. 10Esther ordered Hathach to return to the city gate and reply to Mordecai.
Esther: 11How am I supposed to see the king? It’s known throughout the land, from the greatest of the king’s officials to the common folk who live in the provinces, that any person who approaches the king in the inner chamber without being invited is sentenced to death. That’s the law ! There’s only one exception, and that’s if the king were to hold out the gold scepter to that person and spare his or her life. It’s been 30 days since the king last summoned me!
12Hathach and the other servants took Esther’s response to Mordecai.
Mordecai: 13Tell Esther, “Don’t be fooled. Just because you are living inside the king’s palace doesn’t mean that you out of all of the Jews will escape the carnage. You must go before your king. 14If you stay silent during this time, deliverance for the Jews will come from somewhere, but you, my child, and all of your father’s family will die. And who knows ? Perhaps you have been made queen for such a time as this.”
Watch the Esther Video Again
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King Cyrus Tells the God's People to Return and Rebuild!
[info_box] 2 Chronicles Chapter 36
Something about this sounds familiar.
300 (prepare for Glory)
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Jesus Defined what it meant to Rise!
Pope’s Message to Young People: Make a ‘Mess’ of Church Structure
[pirenko_blockquote author="Pope Francis"]I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses! I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out![/pirenko_blockquote]
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Watch the Video Played Today!
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[pirenko_blockquote author="RUTH MARTINI"]When I realized I would rather give a $100 online than a single dollar to the man sitting on the bench outside of a Chinatown Starbucks, I decided to try something.[/pirenko_blockquote]
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Faith of Theology Is Here!
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Music Today: The Undeserving
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The small-town band experienced huge success in the media with their hit single, "Something to Hope For." The song has been heard across television sets: on the ad campaign for Season 9 of American Idol and throughout its season, a month-long campaign for CBS' Blue Bloods, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, the season finale of Ghost Whisperer, and the CNN Red Cross special for the Haiti Relief Effort. It was also featured online in Yahoo's 2010 Year In Review.