On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 26, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How has our faith, love and relationship in the Lord our God grown such that it is shows our love put into action for others? How many have we lead to the wonders and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ? Who loved us when we were still sinners and had made atonement for our sins!  Have we placed our love for the Lord our God above all else and everyone?

Or have we allowed the busyness of living in this challenging world overrun our thoughts and beliefs? That we turn to our ‘golden calfs’ for relief and comforts? To fill the void in our lives? What are they? Sexual gratification? Recognition? Honour and fame? Wealth? Gaming? Gambling? Television drama serial after drama serial?

Only Jesus can fill any void we have or think we might have! He alone can give us the peace and love that we constantly seek to find in the world. And He gives it to us all freely when we turn to Him for He truly desires that we live our lives to the full. The Lord is our Shepherd there is truly nothing we shall want. Let us therefore by our Christian Spirit be a leaven in the world for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!

St Joachim and St Anne pray for us….

First reading

Exodus 32:15-24,30-34

The golden calf

Moses made his way back down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, tablets inscribed on both sides, inscribed on the front and on the back. These tablets were the work of God, and the writing on them was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.

    Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting. ‘There is the sound of battle in the camp’, he told Moses. Moses answered him:

‘No song of victory is this sound,

no wailing for defeat this sound;

it is the sound of chanting that I hear.’

As he approached the camp and saw the calf and the groups dancing, Moses’ anger blazed. He threw down the tablets he was holding and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He seized the calf they had made and burned it, grinding it into powder which he scattered on the water; and he made the sons of Israel drink it. To Aaron Moses said, ‘What has this people done to you, for you to bring such a great sin on them?’ ‘Let not my lord’s anger blaze like this’ Aaron answered. ‘You know yourself how prone this people is to evil. They said to me, “Make us a god to go at our head; this Moses, the man who brought us up from Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So I said to them, “Who has gold?,” and they took it off and brought it to me. I threw it into the fire and out came this calf.’

    On the following day Moses said to the people, ‘You have committed a grave sin. But now I shall go up to the Lord: perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.’ And Moses returned to the Lord. ‘I am grieved,’ he cried ‘this people has committed a grave sin, making themselves a god of gold. And yet, if it pleased you to forgive this sin of theirs…! But if not, then blot me out from the book that you have written.’ The Lord answered Moses, “It is the man who has sinned against me that I shall blot out from my book. Go now, lead the people to the place of which I told you. My angel shall go before you but, on the day of my visitation, I shall punish them for their sin.’

Gospel

Matthew 13:31-35

The smallest of all seeds grows into the biggest shrub of all

Jesus put a parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches.’

    He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.’

    In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables. This was to fulfil the prophecy:

I will speak to you in parables

and expound things hidden since the foundation of the world.

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