On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 5, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Humble yourself before the Lord Your God and listen to His Word.  Turn away from greed, want of power, want of honour, want of more money, protection from idols. For these will only bring you woe and strive. 

Empty pride and stubbornness of heart will only blind You to His works of mercy through the disciples He sends. 

Many are in need of His mercy and love. Too many have not been reached or touched simply because many have not responded to the call of discipleship. While others have turned it down for wanting to pursue their own personal wants and goals. Wait no longer and heed His call. He will provide for all You need to help in the harvest. 

Lord Jesus I’ve come to do Your Will. Amen 

First reading
Hosea 8:4-7,11-13

Thus says the Lord:

They have set up kings, but not with my consent, and appointed princes, but without my knowledge. Out of their own silver and gold they have made idols, which are doomed to destruction. I spurn your calf, Samaria, my anger blazes against it.

(How long will it be before they purge themselves of this, the sons of Israel?)

A workman made the thing, this cannot be God! Yes, the calf of Samaria shall go up in flames.

They sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind; their wheat will yield no ear, the ear will yield no flour, or, if it does, foreigners will swallow it.

Ephraim has built altar after altar, they have only served him as occasion for sin.

Were I to write out the thousand precepts of my Law for him, they would be paid no more attention than those of a stranger.

They love sacrificing; right, let them sacrifice!

They love meat; right, let them eat it!

The Lord takes no pleasure in these.

He is now going to remember their iniquity and punish their sins; they will have to go back to Egypt

Matthew 9:32-37

A man was brought to Jesus, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed. ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’ they said. But the Pharisees said, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’

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