Monday, July 15, 2019
MONDAY, 15th Week in Ordinary Time /
July15, 2019 – MONDAY, 15th Week in Ordinary Time /
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Ex 1: 8 – 14, 22 / Mt 10: 34 – 11: 1
St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274), an Italian Franciscan monk, the "Seraphic Doctor," became Minister-General of the Friars-Minor and Cardinal-Bishop of Albano.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Ex 1: 8 – 11a, 12
Then a new king who had not known Joseph came to power and said to his people, "The Israelites are more numerous and stronger than we are. Let us deal warily with them lest they increase still more and, in case of war, side with our enemy, fight against us and escape from the land."
So they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. .
. . But the more they oppressed the Hebrews the more they increased and spread, until the Egyptians dreaded the Israelites.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 10: 34 – 42
Jesus said to the people, "Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother; a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each will have as enemies those of one's own family.
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it.
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man.
"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded."
In the first reading we see the Egyptians wary of the great number of Israelites in Egypt; they feared them and oppressed them with forced labor and treated them as slaves. It is this oppressed people whom God will rescue with his mighty works to bring them to a land flowing with milk and honey.
Like the Israelites, we too can be slaves of money, comfort, affection or power. We can be slaves of sin.
But Christ came to save us from sin and our slavery to it.
In the Gospel reading Christ invites us to the world of his Good News, where the utmost priority is doing the will of God, even against family and friends. The follower of Christ follows his master, the suffering Servant on the cross. And he promises a reward for those who accept him and those he has sent to bring the Good News.. He promises a reward to those who do good deeds to the little ones in Christ's name.
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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