On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Those who oppress or cheat others through their greed and selfishness can never hear the life giving word of God. For they distant themselves from the love of the Lord their God through their sin and despicable acts.

Still God our Father sees hope in His creation and sent His son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to turn the hearts of sinners back to Him. This act of love and mercy is given through no merit of our own but by the divine love of God our Father who wills that all may be saved.

So then sisters and brothers in Christ, let us pray for one another especially for the conversion of all sinners. And do all we can to lead all lost souls back to Jesus. Amen

First reading

Amos 8:4-6,9-12
A famine not of bread, but of hearing the word of the Lord

Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and try to suppress the poor people of the country, you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over so that we can sell our corn, and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat?
Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals, and get a price even for the sweepings of the wheat.’
That day – it is the Lord who speaks – I will make the sun go down at noon,
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
I am going to turn your feasts into funerals,
all your singing into lamentation; I will have your loins all in sackcloth, your heads all shaved.
I will make it a mourning like the mourning for an only son, as long as it lasts it will be like a day of bitterness.
See what days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – days when I will bring famine on the country, a famine not of bread, a drought not of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord.
They will stagger from sea to sea, wander from north to east, seeking the word of the Lord and failing to find it.

Gospel

Matthew 9:9-13
It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick

As Jesus was walking on, he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.
While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

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