On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 13, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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O God my Heavenly Father, I am indeed your child so loved by You. Thank You for blessing and watching over me. I am in awe of all that You have done in my life and have seen Your mighty yet merciful hand at work each and every day. Thank You most of all for the gift of Your Son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the truth, the way and the life. For through and with Him I see You and are in full communion.

Bless and forgive me Abba for my many shortcomings, grant me the wisdom and knowledge to do Your Will alone always. Renew my drooping spirit and enkindle a new fire within me to glorify You all the days of my life. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16 ·

Assyria’s arrogance and coming ruin

The Lord of hosts says this:

Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger,

the club brandished by me in my fury!

I sent him against a godless nation;

I gave him commission against a people that provokes me,

to pillage and to plunder freely

and to stamp down like the mud in the streets.

But he did not intend this,

his heart did not plan it so.

No, in his heart was to destroy,

to go on cutting nations to pieces without limit.

For he has said:

‘By the strength of my own arm I have done this

and by my own intelligence, for understanding is mine;

I have pushed back the frontiers of peoples

and plundered their treasures.

I have brought their inhabitants down to the dust.

As if they were a bird’s nest, my hand has seized

the riches of the peoples.

As people pick up deserted eggs

I have picked up the whole earth,

with not a wing fluttering,

not a beak opening, not a chirp.’

Does the axe claim more credit than the man who wields it,

or the saw more strength than the man who handles it?

It would be like the cudgel controlling the man who raises it,

or the club moving what is not made of wood!

And so the Lord of Hosts is going to send

a wasting sickness on his stout warriors;

beneath his plenty, a burning will burn

like a consuming fire.

Gospel

Matthew 11:25-27

You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to little children

Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’

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