On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 3, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Today as we move towards the second week of Advent let us reflect and put into action our resolve to live as disciples of our Lord.

There are many sheep without a shepherd crying out in distress, do we hear them with God our Father’s heart?

Or are we still concerned with our worldly affairs, constantly fighting our inner demons of habitual sin and making no headway! Why?  Because in our struggle against sin we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our blood. (Hebrews 12:4) For had we done so and turned our hearts fully to our Lord, then we will already be living fully in His light!

We would already be out there proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. We would be healing the sick, even raising the dead, and casting out devils in Jesus’s name.

Anoint me Lord and send me! I am Yours. Amen

Saint Francis Xavier Pray for us… 

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First reading

Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26 ·

The Lord God will be gracious to you and hear your cry

Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

    People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more. He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry; when he hears he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, ‘This is the way, follow it.’ He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing. Your cattle will graze, that day, in wide pastures. Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder, winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain, on every high hill there will be streams and watercourses, on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall. Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter – like the light of seven days in one – on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people and heals the bruises his blows have left.

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Gospel

Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8

The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

    And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’

    He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.’

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