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Sunday, 28 July 2013

While it is still legal....

Genesis 18
27. Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord; 28 and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the Plain and saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of a furnace. 

One can hardly imagine Abraham's emotions at seeing nothing but smoke and ash where four cities had stood. One town was left. Here is just a comment on today's first reading in the NO, which is on the bargaining of Abraham with God to allay the punishment of the Five Cities-yes, five. One finds out wonderful things when doing daily Lectio Divina and meditation.

BTW, for those of you who like maps, photos, and simple commentary, here is a great link.

As in Canada, where it is illegal to use the term sodomy, and has been for at least ten years, (I was living in Calgary when a pastor in Edmonton was arrested in his own church after a sermon against sodomy, and that was in 2000.)

I have predicted the rise and fall of Catholic blogging since I began blogging in 2007.

But, while we have some freedom of speech, let me comment on today's Old Testament reading from Genesis 18.

Catholics, there is a ton of really bad commentary on this section, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, plus the other cities.  Some so-called theologians claim the greatest evil of the towns was greed. Some say the inhabitants were not hospitable.

God has already decided to destroy the towns when Abraham began his bargaining. Only a great friend of God could do such bargaining.

The Catholic interpretation holds that the sin of these cities was unnatural sex. Jude 7 is quite clear on this.  The first section is from the Douay Rheims and the second from the Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard, considered the most accurate.

As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty.

second version

just as Sodom and Gomor′rah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Yet in like manner these men in their dreamings defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile the glorious ones. 

Also,  look at these texts, please, Romans 1: 26-28 and 32; 1 Cor: 6: 9-10. 

Do not let the revisionist pastors delude you. And do not read other than solid Catholic commentary on these passages. 

The Three Angels were the manifestation of the Trinity, which is clear from the text and held from the earliest days of the Church. 

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