Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Thursday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
07 July 2016
Thursday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Hos 11:1 – 4, 8c – 9 / Mt 10:7 – 15
1st 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 called, the further they have 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 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 Reading: Mk 10:7 – 15
Jesus said to his disciples, "Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of God 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 a 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."
The first reading from the prophet Hosea speaks of God's special love for and election of Israel: "I loved Israel when he was a child; out of Egypt I called my son." (Hos 11: 1)
And despite the failures and transgressions of Israel, God's love and mercy prevail: "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." (Hos 11: 9)
We see exactly the same loving and forgiving God in his dealings with each one of us: each one of us is special for him; he will not give up on any one of us "for I am God and not human."
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus sending off his disciples to proclaim the Good News to the towns and villages of Israel. Jesus empowers them to heal the sick and drive out demons. Jesus instructs them to depend for their livelihood on the welcoming generosity of those to whom they bring the Good News.
Until now the Church is mandated to continue the work of the disciples of Jesus in preaching the coming of the Kingdom of God: not only the ordained ministers of the Church but every baptized Christian is called to join in preaching and proclaiming the Good News.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Raul & Liv Esteban
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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