On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 18, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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If we continue to live our lives according to our own wills and not unite our wills with that of the Lord our God ‘s then how can we hope to see His signs and wonders? The signs and wonders of His love which He wants to manifest in both our lives and that of our brothers and sisters.

We cannot say we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul when we do not have time to hear His word and dwell in His presence. If we do not praise and worship Him each and every day with all our heart. When we do not strive for Holiness, purity of heart and mind over sin and temptation. We convince ourselves that just by looking is not sinning instead of turning our eyes away. And that it is okay for us to lash out aggressively with hurtful even vulgar words when we are rightfully angry.  How then are we acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with the Lord our God? How then can we hope to see His signs and wonders?

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Heavenly Father, Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen

First reading

Micah 6:1-4,6-8 ·

The Lord asks only this: to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly

Listen to what the Lord is saying:

Stand up and let the case begin in the hearing of the mountains

    and let the hills hear what you say.

Listen, you mountains, to the Lord’s accusation,

    give ear, you foundations of the earth,

for the Lord is accusing his people,

    pleading against Israel:

My people, what have I done to you,

    how have I been a burden to you? Answer me.

I brought you out of the land of Egypt,

    I rescued you from the house of slavery;

I sent Moses to lead you,

    with Aaron and Miriam.

– ‘With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence

    and bow down before God on high?

Shall I come with holocausts,

    with calves one year old?

Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand,

    with libations of oil in torrents?

Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong,

    the fruit of my body for my own sin?’

– What is good has been explained to you, man;

    this is what the Lord asks of you:

only this, to act justly,

    to love tenderly

    and to walk humbly with your God.

Gospel

Matthew 12:38-42

There is something greater than Solomon here

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.’

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