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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 11, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Why do many always attend the Eucharist Celebration late? Why do many not participate in the prayers or singing? Why do some attend daily Eucharist but adjourn at the coffee shops to gossip about others? Why do many still think that their faith in the Lord our God is a private one and so has no regard for anyone other themselves or their family? Church bells have rung to gather the faithful? How many have come who are truly faithful? How many have come to truly worship?

Every Eucharistic Celebration should change our hearts, transform us so that we can grow in Holiness. It does for those who heed the call of our Saviour; whose hearts, minds and souls are opened to receive. They shall be nourished. They are in communion with Him. The fire of the Holy Spirit burns bright within them as they leave to seek out the lost, the oppressed, the poor, the lonely so as to administer to them. To always speak up for the truth even if the cost is great. This is what it means to take up the cross to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. To live not for ourselves but for Him and our brethren.

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ your Son. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 1:10-17

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the command of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

‘What are your endless sacrifices to me? says the Lord.

I am sick of holocausts of rams
and the fat of calves.

The blood of bulls and of goats revolts me.

When you come to present yourselves before me, who asked you to trample over my courts?

Bring me your worthless offerings no more, the smoke of them fills me with disgust.

New Moons, sabbaths, assemblies;– I cannot endure festival and solemnity.

Your New Moons and your pilgrimages I hate with all my soul.

They lie heavy on me, I am tired of bearing them.

When you stretch out your hands I turn my eyes away.

You may multiply your prayers, I shall not listen.

Your hands are covered with blood, wash, make yourselves clean.

‘Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.’

Matthew 10:34-11:1

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be those of his own household.

‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.

‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.

‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’

When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.