On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 11, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The kingdom of God is indeed at hand. Do you not think so? Some say there is still time, we are still young we will repent later. Fools! Do you know that today may be your last! Even so how have you lived your life? Do you have peace and joy in your heart? Do you have love in your heart for others and are loved by others? Or are you still searching for love? If so then you have not truly lived. For a child of God lives life to the full in His love.

You and I have been called by name, to seek our Lord’s lost sheep. And to lead them home to Him.
By proclaiming His love for them and His desire to raise them to new life in Him. This is our call, this is our mission. Amen

First reading

Hosea 10:1-3,7-8,12
Seek integrity and reap a harvest of kindness

Israel was a luxuriant vine yielding plenty of fruit. The more his fruit increased,the more altars he built;the richer his land became, the richer he made the sacred stones.
Their heart is a divided heart;very well, they must pay for it:the Lord is going to break their altars down and destroy their sacred stones. Then they will say,‘We have no king because we have not feared the Lord.’

But what can a king do for us? Samaria has had her day. Her king is like a straw drifting on the water. The idolatrous high places shall be destroyed –that sin of Israel;thorn and thistle will grow on their altars.Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Cover us!’
and to the hills, ‘Fall on us!’

Sow integrity for yourselves,reap a harvest of kindness,break up your fallow ground: it is time to go seeking the Lord until he comes to rain salvation on you.

Gospel

Matthew 10:1-7
‘Go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel’

Jesus 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 are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows:
‘Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; 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.’

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