On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 21, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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As a child of my father I grew up dependent on him. For sustenance, shelter, instruction. He showered His love upon me and encouraged me to stay on the righteous path. Very rarely did he punish me unless he felt he absolutely had no choice. Though I was not always obedient to him, I respected and honoured him the best I could as I do now.  Now that I am an adult with kids of my own, my dad is a friend and someone I can turn to seek counsel.

Our Heavenly Father offers all of us a similar, familiar relationship though better beyond comprehension. But we must first recognise who we are and who is He in our lives. Do we revere and honour Him? Do we strive to be obedient and attentive to His Will for us? Jesus our Lord seeks to embrace us and welcome us, to enter into a deep personal, familial relationship. One in communion with the Holy Trinity.

Jesus I am Yours as You are mine, You in me as I am in You. Amen

First reading
Exodus 14:21-15:1

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove back the sea with a strong easterly wind all night, and he made dry land of the sea. The waters parted and the sons of Israel went on dry ground right into the sea, walls of water to right and to left of them. The Egyptians gave chase: after them they went, right into the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
  In the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians from the pillar of fire and of cloud, and threw the army into confusion. He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could scarcely make headway. ‘Let us flee from the Israelites,’ the Egyptians cried. ‘The Lord is fighting for them against the Egyptians!’
  ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘that the waters may flow back on the Egyptians and their chariots and their horsemen.’
  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and, as day broke, the sea returned to its bed. The fleeing Egyptians marched right into it, and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the very middle of the sea. The returning waters overwhelmed the chariots and the horsemen of Pharaoh’s whole army, which had followed the Israelites into the sea; not a single one of them was left. But the sons of Israel had marched through the sea on dry ground, walls of water to right and to left of them.
  That day, the Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. Israel witnessed the great act that the Lord had performed against the Egyptians, and the people venerated the Lord; they put their faith in the Lord and in Moses, his servant.
  It was then that Moses and the sons sang this song in honour of the Lord:

Gospel
Matthew 12:46-50

Jesus was speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?’ And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.’

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