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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: July 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Waiting on the Lord: 
Scott Hahn Reflects on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Readings:

Genesis 18:1-10
Psalm 15:2-5
Colossians 1:24-28
Luke 10:38-42

God wants to dwell with each of us personally, intimately—as the mysterious guests once visited Abraham’s tent, as Jesus once entered the home of Mary and Martha.

By his hospitality in this week’s First Reading, Abraham shows us how we are to welcome the Lord into our lives. His selfless service of his divine guests (see Hebrews 13:1) stands in contrast to the portrait of Martha drawn in this week’s Gospel.

Where Abraham is concerned only for the well-being of his guests, Martha speaks only of herself— “Do you not care that my sister has left me by myself…Tell her to help me.” Jesus’ gentle rebuke reminds us that we risk missing the divine in the mundane, that we can fall into the trap of believing that God somehow needs to be served by human hands (see Acts 17:25).

Our Lord comes to us, not to be served but to serve (see Matthew 20:28). He gave His life that we might know the one thing we need, the “better part” which is life in the fellowship of God.

Jesus is the true Son promised today by Abraham’s visitors (see Matthew 1:1). In Him, God has made an everlasting covenant for all time, made us blessed descendants of Abraham (see Genesis 17:19,21; Romans 4:16-17, 19-21).

The Church now offers us this covenant, bringing to completion the word of God, the promise of His plan of salvation, what Paul calls “the mystery hidden for ages.”

As once He came to Abraham, Mary and Martha, Christ now comes to each of us in Word and Sacrament. As we sing in this week’s Psalm: He will make His dwelling with those who keep His Word and practice justice (see also John 14:23).

If we do these things we will not be anxious or disturbed, will not have our Lord taken from us. We will wait on the Lord, who told Abraham and tells each of us: “I will surely return to you.”

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

No humbler servant of God our Heavenly Father is there, other than Jesus Christ our Lord. By His example we are all called to proclaim the truth of our faith for which we were gifted. By His Spirit we too are to bring about healing and mercy to whom we meet. We thus build the Kingdom of God by the communities we form centred on Him.

Gossip, a loose tongue, ill will towards others have no place in a community of the Lord. Those who engage in it are fools for their folly will weigh heavily upon them. They strip themselves of the peace and joy only to be found in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, let Your peace and mercy reign in our hearts. Amen

First reading
Micah 2:1-5

Woe to those who plot evil, who lie in bed planning mischief!

No sooner is it dawn than they do it
– their hands have the strength for it.

Seizing the fields that they covet, they take over houses as well,
owner and house they confiscate together, taking both man and inheritance.

So the Lord says this:

Now it is I who plot such mischief against this breed as your necks will not escape; nor will you be able to walk proudly, so evil will the time be.

On that day they will make a satire on you, sing a dirge and say,

‘We are stripped of everything; my people’s portion is measured out and shared, no one will give it back to them, our fields are awarded to our despoiler.’

Therefore you will have no one to measure out a share in the community of the Lord.

Gospel
Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and began to plot against him, discussing how to destroy him.

Jesus knew this and withdrew from the district. Many followed him and he cured them all, but warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah:

Here is my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, the favourite of my soul.

I will endow him with my spirit, and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.

He will not brawl or shout, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

He will not break the crushed reed,
nor put out the smouldering wick
till he has led the truth to victory: in his name the nations will put their hope.