On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 23, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are you waiting for the Lord’s second coming before you start believing? Before you get your life ordered towards Him? In the meantime going for mass, if you go at all, out of obligation in case it might be true that the Lord is God. How is your heart changed?

He is already here and has in a sense never left. The faithful can feel His presence. When they gather in His name. They see Him at every Eucharistic Celebration and while in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. And with every encounter they strive to grow in love and holiness. To act justly, walk humbly and love their neighbour tenderly.

Jesus my Lord, help me to love others as You do. Amen

First reading

Micah 6:1-4,6-8
The Lord asks only this: to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly

Listen to what the Lord is saying:

Stand up and let the case begin in the hearing of the mountains and let the hills hear what you say.
Listen, you mountains, to the Lord’s accusation, give ear, you foundations of the earth,for the Lord is accusing his people, pleading against Israel:
My people, what have I done to you,how have I been a burden to you? Answer me.
I brought you out of the land of Egypt,I rescued you from the house of slavery;I sent Moses to lead you,with Aaron and Miriam.

– ‘With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence and bow down before God on high?
Shall I come with holocausts, with calves one year old?
Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand,with libations of oil in torrents?
Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong,the fruit of my body for my own sin?’

– What is good has been explained to you, man;this is what the Lord asks of you:only this, to act justly, to love tenderly
and to walk humbly with your God.

Gospel

Matthew 12:38-42
There is something greater than Solomon here

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.’

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