On Today’s Gospel Gospel

Posted: July 21, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Be holy as you are called to be. Not some of the time but all the time. Do not allow for vengeful thoughts that lead to the planning and execution of evil. For the Lord our God knows all that goes on in minds and hearts. Turn to Him instead with your troubles and He will grant you His peace.

Jesus has not come to crush sinners, but to embrace and offer them life. A life of peace and joy with love in their hearts. So let always turn to Him with repentant hearts, so that through His mercy and love we will be set free to live fully in His love. Amen

First reading

Micah 2:1-5
The plotters of evil will not escape

Woe to those who plot evil,who lie in bed planning mischief!
No sooner is it dawn than they do it – their hands have the strength for it.
Seizing the fields that they covet,they take over houses as well, owner and house they confiscate together,taking both man and inheritance.
So the Lord says this:
Now it is I who plot
such mischief against this breed as your necks will not escape; nor will you be able to walk proudly, so evil will the time be.
On that day they will make a satire on you, sing a dirge and say,
‘We are stripped of everything; my people’s portion is measured out and shared, no one will give it back to them, our fields are awarded to our despoiler.’

Therefore you will have no one to measure out a share in the community of the Lord.

Gospel

Matthew 12:14-21
He cured them all but warned them not to make him known

The Pharisees went out and began to plot against Jesus, discussing how to destroy him.
Jesus knew this and withdrew from the district. Many followed him and he cured them all, but warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah:

Here is my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, the favourite of my soul.
I will endow him with my spirit, and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.
He will not brawl or shout, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break the crushed reed, nor put out the smouldering wick till he has led the truth to victory: in his name the nations will put their hope.

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