Of Blessings And Curses

A blog I have published two years ago about the pagan diviner Balaam who was supposed to curse the Israelites but ended up blessing them as they entered the Promised Land. May this piece enlighten you more on today’s first reading (Monday, Third Week of Advent) about his prophecy of the coming Christ. A blessed Monday to everyone!

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Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 08 November 2018

            Events and news reports during the recent long weekend reminded me of the story in the Old Testament of a pagan prophet named Balaam who was commissioned to curse the Israelites while encamped at the plains of Moab, ready to enter the Promised Land 40 years after their Exodus from Egypt.  It is a story filled with humorous twists and turns that instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blessed them and even prophesied the coming to them of the Savior Jesus Christ.  It is a funny story like the movie “Shrek” with a talking donkey.

             When Balaam was riding his ass (pun intended) on his way to Moab to curse the Israelites, an angel of the Lord with a sword drawn stationed himself on the road to…

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