Archive for July 2, 2019

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 2, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Why do we hesitate and look back to all we have, even when what we possess does not lead to growth in our faith or love for ourselves or others? Instead many choose to live in the past, they find comfort in what they can predict even if it meant continuing to live in their sins! Of rejecting the Lord God in their lives and remaining dead spiritually. Those who strive to follow our Lord should not remain in an environment where sin and debauchery thrives otherwise they will find themselves consumed. Where the Lord leads follow! Do not ever look back otherwise you will find yourself going nowhere and lifeless.

Discipleship in Jesus is not always smooth sailing. Difficulties and challenges can arise at any time and with them comes stormy exchanges, hurts and even pain. Do we turn to Jesus in faith to help us through it knowing that He is always with us. For He alone is the answer, He alone is safe passage to peace, love and joy. Even though we walk through the darkest valley, we will fear no evil, for He is with us; His rod and His staff, they comfort us. He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies and anoints our heads with oil. His goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Genesis 19:15-29
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

The angels urged Lot, ‘Come, take your wife and these two daughters of yours, or you will be overwhelmed in the punishment of the town.’ And as he hesitated, the men took him by the hand, and his wife and his two daughters, because of the pity the Lord felt for him. They led him out and left him outside the town.
As they were leading him out he said, ‘Run for your life. Neither look behind you nor stop anywhere on the plain. Make for the hills if you would not be overwhelmed.’ ‘No, I beg you, my lord,’ Lot said to them ‘your servant has won your favour and you have shown great kindness to me in saving my life. But I could not reach the hills before this calamity overtook me, and death with it. The town over there is near enough to flee to, and is a little one. Let me make for that – is it not little? – and my life will be saved.’ He answered, ‘I grant you this favour too, and will not destroy the town you speak of. Hurry, escape to it, for I can do nothing until you reach it.’ That is why the town is named Zoar.
As the sun rose over the land and Lot entered Zoar, the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord. He overthrew these towns and the whole plain, with all the inhabitants of the towns, and everything that grew there. But the wife of Lot looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt.
Rising early in the morning Abraham went to the place where he had stood before the Lord, and looking towards Sodom and Gomorrah, and across all the plain, he saw the smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
Thus it was that when God destroyed the towns of the plain, he kept Abraham in mind and rescued Lot out of disaster when he overwhelmed the towns where Lot lived.

Gospel

Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus rebuked the winds and the seas, and all was calm

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying, ‘Save us, Lord, we are going down!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?’ And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said, ‘Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.’