On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 3, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Too many in the world are without hope, comfort and healing. They live out their lives in darkness slowly withering away. Why?

Perhaps some of us still think that in today’s Gospel it was only the Apostles who were sent to proclaim the Good news of God’s Kingdom and bring healing. But in actual fact by our confirmation and after every Eucharistic Celebration we are continually sent into the world to do likewise. And if each and everyone of us went out in faith, nourished and equipped through the graces received in the Sacraments; then the light of Christ would shine through the hearts of His people. The World as we know it will be a much brighter one where peace and love reigns.

We can only offer what we receive. We can only receive when our hands and hearts are open to receive. They are only opened when we decide, desire that His Word and Will come first in our lives. We seek to deepen our relationship with Him through prayer and His living Word in scripture.

First reading
Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26

Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more. He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry; when he hears he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, ‘This is the way, follow it.’ He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing. Your cattle will graze, that day, in wide pastures. Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder, winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain, on every high hill there will be streams and watercourses, on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall. Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter– like the light of seven days in one– on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people and heals the bruises his blows have left.

Lord Jesus, here I am. Use me. Amen

Gospel
Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.
And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’
He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And 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.’

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