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.’

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