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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: July 2, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Harvest Time: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:
Isaiah 66:10-14 
Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
 
Jesus has a vision in this week’s Gospel—Satan falling like lightning from the sky, the enemy vanquished by the missionary preaching of His Church. 

Sent out by Jesus to begin gathering the nations into the harvest of divine judgment (see Isaiah 27:12-13; Joel 4:13), the 70 are a sign of the continuing mission of the Church. 

Carrying out the work of the 70, the Church proclaims the coming of God’s kingdom, offers His blessings of peace and mercy to every household on earth— “every town and place He intended to visit.” 

Our Lord’s tone is solemn today. For in the preaching of the Church “the kingdom of God is at hand,” the time of decision has come for every person. Those who do not receive His messengers will be doomed like Sodom. 

But those who believe will find peace and mercy, protection and nourishment in the bosom of the Church, the Mother Zion we celebrate in this week’s beautiful First Reading, the “Israel of God” Paul blesses in this week’s Epistle.

The Church is a new family of faith (see Galatians 6:10) in which we receive a new name that will endure forever (see Isaiah 66:22), a name written in heaven.

In this week’s Psalm we sing of God’s “tremendous deeds among men” throughout salvation history. But of all the works of God, none has been greater than what He has wrought by the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Changing the sea into dry land was but an anticipation and preparation for our passing over, for what Paul calls the “new creation.” 

And as the exodus generation was protected in a wilderness of serpents and scorpions (see Deuteronomy 8:15), He has given His Church power now over “the full force of the Enemy.” Nothing will harm us as we make our way through the wilderness of this world, awaiting the Master of the harvest, awaiting the day when all on earth will shout joyfully to the Lord, sing praise to the glory of His name.
 

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 2, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Today we are reminded that we have hope and the promise of new life. Our Saviour has come to redeem us. And so we must seek to renew ourselves through the wonderful sacraments He had instituted so that we are strengthened through His graces. To live in the joy and promise of His Resurrection.

We cast away our sinful past behind us and leave all that seeks to draw us back. So as to live anew in the Wellsprings of the living water which He alone provides for us. 

Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Amos 9:11-15

It is the Lord who speaks:

‘That day I will re-erect the tottering hut of David, make good the gaps in it, restore its ruins and rebuild it as it was in the days of old, so that they can conquer the remnant of Edom and all the nations that belonged to me.’

It is the Lord who speaks, and he will carry this out.

‘The days are coming now – it is the Lord who speaks when harvest will follow directly after ploughing, the treading of grapes soon after sowing,
when the mountains will run with new wine and the hills all flow with it.

I mean to restore the fortunes of my people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, plant vineyards and drink their wine, dig gardens and eat their produce.

I will plant them in their own country, never to be rooted up again out of the land I have given them, says the Lord, your God.’

Gospel
Matthew 9:14-17

John’s disciples came to him and said, ‘Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of mourning as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth on to an old cloak, because the patch pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; if they do, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are lost. No; they put new wine into fresh skins and both are preserved.’