Sunday, June 29, 2014
Monday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
[First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church]
Am 2: 6-10, 13-16/ Ps 50: 16bc-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23/ Mt 8: 18-22
Reading: Am 2:6-10, 13-16
Yahweh says this, "Because Israel has sinned, not once but three times and even more, I will not relent. They sell the just for money and the needy for a pair of sandals; they tread on the head of the poor and trample them upon the dust of the earth, while they silence the right of the afflicted; a man and his father go to the same woman to profane my holy name; they stretch out upon garments taken in pledge, beside every altar; they take the wine of those they swindle and are drunk in the house of their God. It was I who destroyed the Amorites before them, whose height was like the height of the cedar, a people as sturdy as an oak. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below. It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness to take possession of the land of the Amorites. Behold, I will crush you to the ground, as a cart does when it is full of sheaves. The swift shall be unable to flee and the strong man shall lose his strength. The warrior shall not save himself nor the bowman stand his ground. The swift of foot shall not escape nor the horseman save himself. Even the most stout-hearted among the warriors shall flee away naked on that day," says Yahweh.
Gospel: Matthew 8:18 -22
When he saw the crowd press around him, Jesus gave orders to cross to the other shore. A teacher of the Law approached him and said, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another disciple said to him, "Lord, let me go and bury my father first." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
The prophet Amos speaking in the name of Yahweh speaks of Yahweh's disappointment with His people. Specifying their sins in his words, He is against the sinners. He is bent to punish them. We can almost feel the anger of the father who scolds his children for not obeying. Yahweh was really grieved by His people who sell the just, trample the head of the poor, and silence the right of the afflicted. If we come to think of God creating man in His image and likeness, can we accept such action? What is man up to? Is he putting himself more than the Creator?
In the gospel passage, we read that the people pressed on Jesus because he cured the sick. As he prepared to cross to the other shore, two persons came and applied to follow him. The first one offered to follow him but Jesus presented his own situation of poverty having no place to call his own, which the applicant must consider if he is serious to be in his company. The other one wants to follow him, too, but he asked permission to go back to bury his father first. Jesus answered him. "Let the dead bury their dead."
Here are two situations to consider if one wants to follow Jesus as a vocation. Following Jesus is God's initiative and requires a sacrifice. We may say that Jesus chooses those who follow him in a special way. If we refer to the call to consecrated life, it is God who calls us and with a price. The two men in the gospel reading may be both called but they have conditions. There have attachments. They are not ready for the sacrifice that following Jesus entails.
Let us pray for those who are being called to the service, that they hear God's call and that they be given the light and strength to respond and to decide in accordance to God's call.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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