On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 6, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

As we grow in Holiness it is equally important we grow in Humility. One that comes from uniting ourselves with the cross on which our Lord Jesus hung. Only then can we sow integrity for ourselves and reap a harvest of kindness.

The call of discipleship is to bring Christ our Lord to everyone. To share in the love and mercy of God our Father. So that they will have hope in the promise of eternal life with Him. The promise fulfilled in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And we start first with our family and friends. Then the whole world. Amen

First reading
Hosea 10:1-3,7-8,12

Israel was a luxuriant vine
yielding plenty of fruit.

The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; the richer his land became, the richer he made the sacred stones.

Their heart is a divided heart;
very well, they must pay for it:
the Lord is going to break their altars down and destroy their sacred stones.

Then they will say, ‘We have no King because we have not feared the Lord.’

But what can a king do for us?
Samaria has had her day. Her king is like a straw drifting on the water.

The idolatrous high places shall be destroyed– that sin of Israel; thorn and thistle will grow on their altars.

Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Cover us!’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us!’

Sow integrity for yourselves,
reap a harvest of kindness, break up your fallow ground: it is time to go seeking the Lord until he comes to rain salvation on you.

Gospel
Matthew 10:1-7

Jesus summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows:

‘Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

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