Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Green, Hos 11: 1-4, 8c-9 / Ps 80: 2ac and 3b, 15-16 / Mt 10: 7-15
Reading: Hos 11: 1-4, 8c-9
I loved Israel when he was a child; out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I have called, the further have they gone from me - sacrificing to the Baals, burning incense to the idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; yet little did they realize that it was I who cared for them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with leading strings of love, and I became for them as one who eases the yoke upon their neck and stoops down to feed them. My heart is troubled within me and I am moved with compassion. I will not give vent to my great anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim for I am God and not human. I am the Holy One in your midst and I do not want to come to you in anger.
Gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper in your purses. Do not carry a traveler's bag, or an extra shirt, or sandals, or walking-stick: workers deserve their living. When you come to a town or a village, look for a worthy person and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the people in the house deserve it, your peace will be on them; if they do not deserve it, your blessing will come back to you. And if you are not welcomed and your words are not listened to, leave that house or that town and shake the dust off your feet. I assure you, it will go easier for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than it will for the people of that town.
Traveling is something we all do. We pack a bag for our journey. Some pack next to nothing, while others pack too much. In addition to packing the things that we will actually use, sometimes we like to bring extra for what we might use. Or we think of everything we could possibly use and bring all these. And then after checking in, we realize we have to leave some luggage behind or else pay a large sum.
Our Lord tells us today to rely on God's great providence. He does not tell us not to prepare, but he tells us that God will provide all we need if we are willing to do His work. The gospel reminds us that if we provide too much for ourselves, we may end up forgetting who provides all we need. God's task for us is to bring His message of love and peace to the places we go to and the people we meet, even if they do not "deserve it." Our focus is our mission. The other things - financial concerns, fear of rejection, fear of what might happen - are excess baggage that obscures our goal.
What is our excess baggage that gets in the way of our trust in the Lord? Do we have room to carry God's love with us wherever we go? Do we have faith even in uncertainty?
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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