On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 2, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

It is time to follow Jesus now. Because if you are waiting for the right time, there isn’t. By the time you think you may be ready then it may already be too late. For death calls on us at anytime. Come to Him in the present as you are. With all your sins, worries and anxieties and He will set you free.

Discipleship begins now! Too many have given excuses of no time, too far, too troublesome, no aptitude, too tired, something more urgent to attend to and so on. Really? What are you doing when you choose not to serve? Does it not come down to a lack of love and commitment? To will the good in another by our love. How many have to go on hungry and thirsty by our inaction to love?

Jesus my Lord, following You is not easy but I know it leads to eternal life with You. Be with me always. Amen

First Reading

Amos 2:6-10,13-16
Because of your crimes I will crush you into the ground

The Lord says this:

For the three crimes, the four crimes, of Israel
I have made my decree and will not relent:
because they have sold the virtuous man for silver
and the poor man for a pair of sandals, because they trample on the heads of ordinary people and push the poor out of their path, because father and son have both resorted to the same girl, profaning my holy name, because they stretch themselves out by the side of every altar
on clothes acquired as pledges, and drink the wine of the people they have fined in the house of their god…
Yet it was I who overthrew the Amorites when they attacked, men tall as cedars and strong as oaks,
I who destroyed them,
both fruit above ground
and root below.
It was I who brought you out of the land of Egypt
and for forty years led you through the wilderness to take possession of the Amorite’s country.
See then how I am going to crush you into the ground
as the threshing-sledge crushes when clogged by straw; flight will not save even the swift, the strong man will find his strength useless, the mighty man will be powerless to save himself.
The bowman will not stand his ground, the fast runner will not escape,
the horseman will not save himself, the bravest warriors will run away naked that day.
It is the Lord who speaks.

Gospel

Matthew 8:18-22
The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head

When Jesus saw the great crowds all about him he gave orders to leave for the other side. One of the scribes then came up and said to him, ‘Master, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
Another man, one of his disciples, said to him, ‘Sir, let me go and bury my father first.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.’

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