On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 9, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

No one can love us more than the Lord our God. For even when we led adulterous lives of sin and turned to idols for comfort; He called out to us through His prophets. To turn back to Him so as to save us from our own destruction.

Great is His love for us that just by turning to Him in faith He restores us completely. He takes away our guilt and shame. He breathes life into our once dead bodies. And beckons us to rise with Him into new life. This is our God! The one true and living God will love us to the end. Apart from Him there is no life, for He is the source of all life.

Thank You Jesus, praise You Jesus. You are the way, the truth and the life. Amen

First reading

Hosea 2:16,17-18,21-22
I will betroth you to myself and you will come to know the name of the Lord

It is the Lord who speaks:

I am going to lure her
and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart.
I am going to give her back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope.
There she will respond to me as she did when she was young, as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt.

When that day comes – it is the Lord who speaks –
she will call me, ‘My husband’,no longer will she call me, ‘My Baal.’
I will betroth you to myself for ever, betroth you with integrity and justice, with tenderness and love;I will betroth you to myself with faithfulness, and you will come to know the Lord.

Gospel

Matthew 9:18-26
‘Your faith has restored you to health’

While Jesus was speaking, up came one of the officials, who bowed low in front of him and said, ‘My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved.’ Jesus rose and, with his disciples, followed him. Then from behind him came a woman, who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years, and she touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, ‘If I can only touch his cloak I shall be well again.’ Jesus turned round and saw her; and he said to her, ‘Courage, my daughter, your faith has restored you to health.’ And from that moment the woman was well again.
When Jesus reached the official’s house and saw the flute-players, with the crowd making a commotion he said, ‘Get out of here; the little girl is not dead, she is asleep.’ And they laughed at him. But when the people had been turned out he went inside and took the little girl by the hand; and she stood up. And the news spread all round the countryside.

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