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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 13, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Do you possess wisdom far greater than all your peers? Do you have superior strength to them? Are you more courageous, effluent and intelligent? Are you all these and more? Are you then greater than God Your Heavenly Father?

If indeed your answer is no then why do you think yourself far better than your brethren? For is it not our Heavenly Father who blessed us with our gifts so that it be used to help others and to build His Kingdom? Why then must we have the last word or think we know it best? Whom are we glorifying by our words and deeds?

To know and love our Heavenly Father is to know and love Him through the relationship we have with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It is in loving humility when we first embrace Him as Master before all else that more is revealed to us.

My Lord, my God I submit myself wholly to You. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16

The Lord of hosts says this:

Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger, the club brandished by me in my fury!

I sent him against a godless nation;
I gave him commission against a people that provokes me, to pillage and to plunder freely and to stamp down like the mud in the streets.

But he did not intend this, his heart did not plan it so.

No, in his heart was to destroy, to go on cutting nations to pieces without limit.

For he has said:

‘By the strength of my own arm I have done this and by my own intelligence, for understanding is mine; I have pushed back the frontiers of peoples and plundered their treasures.

I have brought their inhabitants down to the dust.

As if they were a bird’s nest, my hand has seized the riches of the peoples.

As people pick up deserted eggs I have picked up the whole earth, with not a wing fluttering, not a beak opening, not a chirp.’

Does the axe claim more credit than the man who wields it, or the saw more strength than the man who handles it?

It would be like the cudgel controlling the man who raises it, or the club moving what is not made of wood!

And so the Lord of Hosts is going to send a wasting sickness on his stout warriors; beneath his plenty, a burning will burn like a consuming fire.

Matthew 11:25-27

Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’