On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 4, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

To unite ourselves with the Lord in mind, body and heart. Is to unite ourselves with our most faithful spouse forever. For He cherishes His bride and will keep her in His loving gentle embrace. He will nurture and nourish her. She will live her life to the full. Such is the love of our Lord. This is what it means to be in communion with Him. 

So turn to Him in faith all you who have the cares and temptations of the world draining life out of you.  He will restore you. Turn to Him all who are bound in guilt for having sinned, He will free you. Come to Him all you who are spiritually dead and He will give you new and everlasting life in Him. Praise and glory be to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! Amen 

First reading
Hosea 2:16,17-18,21-22

It is the Lord who speaks: I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart.

I am going to give her back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope.

There she will respond to me as she did when she was young, as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt.

When that day comes – it is the Lord who speaks – she will call me, ‘My husband’, no longer will she call me, ‘My Baal.’

I will betroth you to myself for ever, betroth you with integrity and justice, with tenderness and love; I will betroth you to myself with faithfulness, and you will come to know the Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, up came one of the officials, who bowed low in front of him and said, ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved.’ Jesus rose and, with his disciples, followed him. Then from behind him came a woman, who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years, and she touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I can only touch his cloak I shall be well again.’ Jesus turned round and saw her; and he said to her, ‘Courage, my daughter, your faith has restored you to health.’ And from that moment the woman was well again.

  When Jesus reached the official’s house and saw the flute-players, with the crowd making a commotion he said, ‘Get out of here; the little girl is not dead, she is asleep.’ And they laughed at him. But when the people had been turned out he went inside and took the little girl by the hand; and she stood up. And the news spread all round the countryside.

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