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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 7, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

God our Heavenly Father is gentle, patient, merciful and kind. He loves us and does not want us to stray far away from Him. For without Him we are sure to destroy ourselves by our choices.

Which loving parent would want to see their child die? And so through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ we have hope of eternal life with Him. We need only heed His gentle call to return to Him.

We disciples of Jesus are called to be His lips, hands and feet. To extend His mercy and love to all we meet. Healing and restoring them as He once did. Coaxing them gently like any good brother or sister would, to return home to the Father.

In union with Him, we are provided for all we need and so no true disciple can say I don’t know how or do not have what it takes. All it will ever take is a desire to serve Him by our love.

Lord You are my rock and my strength. Amen

First reading
Hosea 11:1-4,8-9

Thus says the Lord:

When Israel was a child I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt.

But the more I called to them, the further they went from me; they have offered sacrifice to the baals and set their offerings smoking before the idols.

I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in my arms;
yet they have not understood that I was the one looking after them.

I led them with reins of kindness, with leading-strings of love.

I was like someone who lifts an infant close against his cheek; stooping down to him I gave him his food.

Ephraim, how could I part with you?

Israel, how could I give you up?

How could I treat you like Admah, or deal with you like Zeboiim?

My heart recoils from it, my whole being trembles at the thought.

I will not give rein to my fierce anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again, for I am God, not man: I am the Holy One in your midst and have no wish to destroy.

Matthew 10:7-15

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘As you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge. Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with a few coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff, for the workman deserves his keep.

  ‘Whatever town or village you go into, ask for someone trustworthy and stay with him until you leave. As you enter his house, salute it, and if the house deserves it, let your peace descend upon it; if it does not, let your peace come back to you. And if anyone does not welcome you or listen to what you have to say, as you walk out of the house or town shake the dust from your feet. I tell you solemnly, on the day of Judgement it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom and Gomorrah as with that town.’