Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Friday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Benedict]
Hos 14: 2-10 / Ps 51: 3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 and 17/ Mt 10: 16-23
Reading: Hos 14: 2-10
Return to your God Yahweh, O Israel! Your sins have caused your downfall. Return to Yahweh with humble words. Say to him, "Oh you who show compassion to the fatherless forgive our debt, be appeased. Instead of bulls and sacrifices, accept the praise from our lips. Assyria will not save us: no longer shall we look for horses nor ever again shall we say 'Our gods' to the work of our hands." I will heal their wavering and love them with all my heart for my anger has turned from them. I shall be like dew to Israel like the lily will he blossom. Like a cedar he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow and spread. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance, like a Lebanon cedar. They will dwell in my shade again, they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like a vine, and their fame will be like Lebanon wine. What would Ephraim do with idols, when it is I who hear and make him prosper? I am like an ever-green cypress tree; all your fruitfulness comes from me. Who is wise enough to grasp all this? Who is discerning and will understand? Straight are the ways of Yahweh: the just walk in them, but the sinners stumble.
Gospel: Matthew 10: 16-23
[Jesus said to his disciple] "Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness to them and the pagans. But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
The Gospel is a very strong warning because it details the persecutions that may come to a follower of Christ. A serious follower of Jesus knows that many people will not agree with his way of thinking. People will laugh at his desire to bring goodness and justice to everyday life situations. They will say that he is naïve. Some will openly make fun of him and even try to prevent him from doing good and entice him to do evil. These are the people who are embittered because they have not experienced true love and kindness, or who are so worldly and always searching satisfaction for their carnal desires.
A Christian wants people to experience true love and goodness. He tries to enlighten those who indulge in worldly pleasure to discover the joy that comes from a holy and well-ordered life. He knows his combat is with the Evil One who has deceived many people in our generation. He trusts in God to come to his help and prays for the conversion of sinners. He enters into the battlefield of life armed with the cross of our Lord and love for sinners. God gives him the courage to stand for his faith and sometimes, after a long struggle, he comes out victorious after bringing back to God a soul that was lost.
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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