On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 27, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is our day to day life like? Do we seek only personal comforts and enjoyment? Do we spare a thought for the less fortunate? Do we do anything for them? What about the sick, lonely and poor in spirit? Or do we hide behind the excuse that the domestic Church must come first and do little or nothing for anyone else?

To follow Jesus in discipleship is to expect challenges and discomfort. It compels us to come out of our comfort zones to live our lives according to His Will in the service of others.  We must leave our spiritually dead lives and attachments behind us so as to embrace the new life in Him. 

Lord Jesus let me live my life for and in You. Amen

First reading
Amos 2:6-10,13-16

The Lord says this:

For the three crimes, the four crimes, of Israel I have made my decree and will not relent:
because they have sold the virtuous man for silver and the poor man for a pair of sandals, because they trample on the heads of ordinary people and push the poor out of their path, because father and son have both resorted to the same girl, profaning my holy name, because they stretch themselves out by the side of every altar on clothes acquired as pledges, and drink the wine of the people they have fined in the house of their god…

Yet it was I who overthrew the Amorites when they attacked,
men tall as cedars and strong as oaks, I who destroyed them, both fruit above ground
and root below.

It was I who brought you out of the land of Egypt and for forty years led you through the wilderness to take possession of the Amorite’s country.

See then how I am going to crush you into the ground as the threshing-sledge crushes when clogged by straw; flight will not save even the swift, the strong man will find his strength useless, the mighty man will be powerless to save himself.

The bowman will not stand his ground, the fast runner will not escape, the horseman will not save himself, the bravest warriors will run away naked that day.

It is the Lord who speaks.

Gospel
Matthew 8:18-22

When Jesus saw the great crowds all about him he gave orders to leave for the other side. One of the scribes then came up and said to him, ‘Master, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

  Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, ‘Sir, let me go and bury my father first.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.’

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