Joshua wanted to speak to the people of Israel, so he called for representatives of the 12 tribes to meet with him. The elders came, along with the leaders, the judges and the officers. They stood in ranks in order to hear the word of the Lord that had been given to Joshua.
Joshua reminded them that, even though at one time some of their ancestors had worshipped false gods, the Lord had chosen Abraham to be one of their leaders and after him Isaac and Jacob, and Moses, who led them out of Egypt and into Canaan. When Pharaoh’s army was chasing them, the Red Sea swallowed the soldiers and their chariots, and Israel was safe.
“I brought you into the land of the Amorites,” Joshua said, speaking the words of the Lord, “who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power. You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them (the two kings of the Amorites) before you.”
After reminding the people of how God had saved and protected them many times in the past, the Lord said to them, “I gave you a land which you had not tilled and cities which you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him completely and sincerely.” Then Joshua declared his own faith, along with a challenge to the people of Israel. “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
The representatives of the tribes of Israel replied to Joshua, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods. For it was the Lord, our God, who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, out of a state of slavery. …Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” Joshua made a covenant with Israel and he wrote statutes and ordinances, which he recorded in the book of the law of God. After placing a stone as a monument for what they had said and done, Joshua dismissed the people and sent them home.
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1. Who did Joshua call to hear the words of the Lord?
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We recite at “The Lord’s Prayer,” at Mass because Jesus gave it to us, but it is also referred to as the “Our Father,” because those are the first two words of the prayer. First we acknowledge that God is in Heaven and that his name is holy. Next we ask that God’s promised kingdom would come down to Earth, and that God’s will would be obeyed on Earth as it is in Heaven. When we ask God for our “daily bread,” a reference to the manna sent to the ancient Israelites, we are also asking for God to meet all of our spiritual needs. We ask God to forgive our sins at the same time we promise to forgive people who have hurt us. We close by telling God we are weak by ourselves and we ask him to keep us from temptation and to deliver from any evil.
Elizabeth Bichier (1773-1838) was the daughter of the Lord of Ages. Although little is known of her childhood, she went to school at a convent in Poitiers and she loved to build sandcastles.
After the death of her father, Elizabeth had to study law from a private tutor in order to prevent any of her family’s property from being seized by the government, because her brother had left France to escape the French Revolution.
With the help of a priest who lived 25 miles away, Elizabeth helped to keep prayers and the faith alive in the French farmers, whose lives had been severely impacted by the revolution. Elizabeth eventually became a nun and helped to build or re-establish more than 60 convents across France. We honor her on Aug. 26.