Monday, July 07, 2014
Tuesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Hos 8: 4-7, 11-13 / Ps 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10 / Mt 9: 32-38
Reading: Hos 8: 4-7, 11-13
Without my approval they set up kings and without my blessing appointed leaders. With their silver and gold they fashioned idols to their own ruin. To me, Samaria, your calf is loathsome and my anger blazes against you. How long will you remain defiled? The calf is yours, Israel, a craftsman has made it; it is not God and will be broken into pieces. As they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. Like the erect ear of corn they will bear no grain and produce no flour, or if they do, foreigners will devour it. Ephraim built many altars but his altars made him more guilty. I wrote out for him the numerous precepts of my Law, but they look on them as coming from foreigners. They offer sacrifices to me because they are those who eat the meat, but Yahweh does not accept their sacrifices for he is mindful of their sin and remembers their wickedness. They will return to Egypt.
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
When they had just left, some people brought to Jesus a man who was dumb because he was possessed by a demon. When the demon was driven out, the dumb man began to speak. The crowds were astonished and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." (But the Pharisees said, "He drives away demons with the help of the prince of demons.") Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and he cured every sickness and disease. When he saw the crowds he was moved with pity, for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the workers are only few. Ask the master of the harvest to send workers to gather his harvest."
In the first reading, God is angry at those who presume to worship Him or do things for Him which He did not order them to do. He warns people who show off their love of God, but inside they do not truly love Him because they do not follow His commands. This happens to us when we pray a lot and do good deeds and make a big show of it. But when God wants us to give up something for Him, we hesitate. We have our own ideas of how to serve God when all He wants us to do is to obey his law of love. "Love one another as I have loved you." Jesus went to the people in need of his help and gave his time and effort for them. Many saints have followed in His footsteps. As he did, Jesus wants us to show our love in action - helping the poor and the sick, treating people justly including paying our workers their just wage. If we do otherwise, God, who sees everything, will make clear to us his displeasure.
The gospel tells us that there is a strong demand for harvesters who will help Jesus bring people to the knowledge of God. Jesus worked tirelessly proclaiming the Kingdom of God, reminding people to turn to God for healing, and personally curing their illnesses. We are to continue his mission to preach the Good News to a pagan society. We must pray for more vocations and also lay missionaries who will devote their lives to saving men and women by introducing them to the Kingdom of God.
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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