On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 26, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How do expect to hear the loving word of God spoken to you if you refuse to be obedient and faithful to Him? When you allow your sinful ways and inclinations to shut your ears to His call for repentance. When your heart, mind and soul is closed to the living water outpoured for you so that you might have life to the full?

Indeed those who strive for Holiness can hear Him clearly and they rejoice for His peace and joy reign in their hearts. Do not be discouraged for those reading this message there is still time. To turn your hearts back to Him. Come to Jesus and He will heal you. He will open your ears, mind and hearts. And your lips will once again be opened to praise and glorify Him. Then you can and will be blessing to all those around you. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 2:1-3,7-8,12-13
I brought you to a fertile country and you defiled it

The word of the Lord was addressed to me, saying, ‘Go and shout this in the hearing of Jerusalem:

‘“The Lord says this:
I remember the affection of your youth, the love of your bridal days: you followed me through the wilderness, through a land unsown.
Israel was sacred to the Lord, the first-fruits of his harvest; anyone who ate of this had to pay for it, misfortune came to them –it is the Lord who speaks.”

‘I brought you to a fertile country to enjoy its produce and good things; but no sooner had you entered than you defiled my land, and made my heritage detestable.
The priests have never asked, “Where is the Lord?”
Those who administer the Law have no knowledge of me. The shepherds have rebelled against me; the prophets have prophesied in the name of Baal, following things with no power in them.

‘You heavens, stand aghast at this,stand stupefied, stand utterly appalled
– it is the Lord who speaks.
Since my people have committed a double crime:
they have abandoned me,
the fountain of living water,only to dig cisterns for themselves,leaky cisterns that hold no water.’

Gospel

Matthew 13:10-17
Prophets and holy men longed to hear what you hear

The disciples went up to Jesus and asked, ‘Why do you talk to them in parables?’ ‘Because’ he replied, ‘the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are revealed to you, but they are not revealed to them. For anyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. The reason I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. So in their case this prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled:

You will listen and listen again, but not understand, see and see again, but not perceive.
For the heart of this nation has grown coarse,
their ears are dull of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, for fear they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears,understand with their heart, and be converted
and be healed by me.

‘But happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’

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