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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

At the end of every Eucharistic Celebration we are sent on mission to announce the Gospel to all nations. At least two thirds are saying to themselves surely not I? What do I know? I am not gifted for this? Besides I have no time. Out of the remaining one third only a handful will carry out the mission while the rest will do nothing.

By virtue of our baptism we are all anointed to be priest, prophet and King. The Holy Spirit is upon us and have gifted us with the graces needed to share the good news of the Gospels.

The Lord is with us what do we have to fear? We are not called to convert anyone, only to plant the seed. The Lord will take care of the rest. If they will not listen, it is the Lord they reject. Our job is to share the good news of our salvation so that the many who will listen have the truth and hope of eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

Lord Jesus grant us the courage and steadfastness of faith to carry out Your Will. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 1:1,4-10

The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, of a priestly family living at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.

The word of the Lord was addressed to me, saying,

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.’

I said, ‘Ah, Lord; look, I do not know how to speak: I am a child!’

But the Lord replied,

‘Do not say, “I am a child.” Go now to those to whom I send you and, say whatever I command you.

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to protect you – it is the Lord who speaks!’

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me:

‘There! I am putting my words into your mouth.

Look, today I am setting you over nations and over kingdoms, to tear up and to knock down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’

Matthew 13:1-9

Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.

He said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’