Thursday, July 12, 2018
FRIDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
July 13, 2018 – FRIDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Hos 14: 2 - 10 / Mt 10: 16 – 23
St. Henry (973 - 1024) was Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1014. He used his power to extend the Kingdom of God by promoting missionary work. His wife was St. Cunegunda of Luxembourg (975- 1040).
FROM THE 1ST READING: Hos 14: 7b- 8
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 shall be like Lebanon wine.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 10: 16- 23
Jesus said, "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 their 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."
We are called by God in many ways. But often God calls us to something not so easy, something with many challenges and difficulties. There are times others may not understand what we are doing and what motives we may have for what we are doing. As in the time of Jesus when so many refused to believe in him and hated him and. in the end, even had him sentenced to death on the cross, the following of Jesus will have its heavy costs on us. In the Gospel reading Jesus warns us his followers of these dangers and difficulties: "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."
Jesus also assures us of triumph because of his love and protection: "Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved."
Using the image of healthy trees, in the first reading Hosea assures us that those who follow God will prosper and grow.
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IN MEMORIAM (+)
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Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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