On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Is it not better to share the word of the Lord with people you know? Others say it is better to share with strangers who do not know you or where you are from. Most will say it is better to be silent then to face the prospect of rejection, ridicule or putting yourself in harm’s way. Why bother at all? Just pray and be faithful in your own.

For one the Lord our God commanded us all, to go make disciples of all nations. Baptising and teaching them His ways. And even if only one soul listens and its saved, there will be much rejoicing in heaven. Because someone cared and loved perhaps that is why your very own heart was changed?

In essence we are not called to be liked or loved, we are called instead to love everyone with the love of God;to share His word and truth with them.

Lord, let Your word be a lamp unto my feet. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 26:1-9
Jeremiah preaches in the Temple of the Lord and is threatened with death

At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word was addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord, ‘The Lord says this: Stand in the court of the Temple of the Lord. To all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the Temple of the Lord you must speak all the words I have commanded you to tell them; do not omit one syllable. Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way: if so, I shall relent and not bring the disaster on them which I intended for their misdeeds. Say to them, “The Lord says this: If you will not listen to me by following my Law which I put before you, by paying attention to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send so persistently to you, without your ever listening to them, I will treat this Temple as I treated Shiloh, and make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.”’
The priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words in the Temple of the Lord. When Jeremiah had finished saying everything that the Lord had ordered him to say to all the people, the priests and prophets seized hold of him and said, ‘You shall die! Why have you made this prophecy in the name of the Lord, “This Temple will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate, and uninhabited”?’ And the people were all crowding round Jeremiah in the Temple of the Lord.

Gospel

Matthew 13:54-58
A prophet is only despised in his own country

Coming to his home town, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house’, and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

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