Archive for June 22, 2020


We may stand and recite the creed wholeheartedly that we believe in one God and so on; but is He truly in our hearts and minds throughout the week? Do we spend time dwelling on His word for us, in His love and in His presence? Or do simply we go back into our daily routines of the world, our comfort zones, of work, school, games, television, drinking and merry making: striving hard to pursue our dreams of luxury and comforts. So the question really is where is God in our daily lives? Is He our God on weekends and the rest of the week we pursue our other Gods? Do we then turn back to Him to fill the void in our lives which we created? Or only in moments of great trials and challenges?

When the Lord our God is far from our lives, we seem to only see clearly the faults in others. We always think of ourselves as being smarter, more competent, of having very little if any faults. We will have the tendency to prejudge others or the situation they likely landed themselves without further question. Even the answers they might offer are likely to fall on deaf ears. It is only when we are in full communion with our loving Lord and God that we see ourselves more clearly through His eyes. We will look upon others with compassion and love just as we are looked upon by the tender heart of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus let me live more fully in Your love this day and everyday. Come dwell in my heart always. Amen

First reading

2 Kings 17:5-8,13-15,18 ·
There was none left, but the tribe of Judah onlyThe king of Assyria invaded the whole country and, coming to Samaria, laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah on the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
This happened because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods, they followed the practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed for them.
And yet through all the prophets and all the seers, the Lord had given Israel and Judah this warning, ‘Turn from your wicked ways and keep my commandments and my laws in accordance with the entire Law I laid down for your fathers and delivered to them through my servants the prophets.’ But they would not listen, they were more stubborn than their ancestors had been who had no faith in the Lord their God. They despised his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and the warnings he had given them. They pursued emptiness, and themselves became empty through copying the nations round them although the Lord had ordered them not to act as they did. For this, the Lord was enraged with Israel and thrust them away from him. There was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

Gospel

Matthew 7:1-5
Do not judge, and you will not be judgedJesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgements you give are the judgements you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.’