June 20 2022 Gospel and other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15A, 18

5 Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, occupied the whole land and attacked Samaria, which he besieged for three years.
6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israel the king of Assyria took Samaria, and deported the children of Israel to Assyria, setting them in Halah, at the Habor, a river of Gozan, and the cities of the Medes.
7 This came about because the children of Israel sinned against the LORD, their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt, from under the domination of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and because they venerated other gods.
8 They followed the rites of the nations whom the LORD had cleared out of the way of the children of Israel and the kings of Israel whom they set up.
13 And though the LORD warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and seer, “Give up your evil ways and keep my commandments and statutes, in accordance with the entire law which I enjoined on your fathers and which I sent you by my servants the prophets,”
14 they did not listen, but were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who had not believed in the LORD, their God.
15 They rejected his statutes, the covenant which he had made with their fathers, and the warnings which he had given them, till,
18 in his great anger against Israel, the LORD put them away out of his sight. Only the tribe of Judah was left.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 60:3, 4-5, 12-13

Response: Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

3 O God, you have rejected us and broken our defenses;
you have been angry; rally us!

Response: Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

4 You have rocked the country and split it open;
repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
5 You have made your people feel hardships;
you have given us stupefying wine.

Response: Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

12 Have not you, O God, rejected us,
so that you go not forth, O God, with our armies?
13 Give us aid against the foe,
for worthless is the help of men.

Response: Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

Alleluia – Hebrews 4:12

Response: Alleluia, alleluia
The word of God is living and effective,
able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia

6/20/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 7:1-5

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
2 For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
3 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?
5 You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

6/20/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection:

“Do not judge.” is one of the most quoted bible verses but it is also one of the most misunderstood. In reality, we judge things and people most of the time because the situation calls for it. We need to judge in order to know which one is good or bad. We judge who will win in a contest. We judge in order to get the best applicant for a job. We judge who will become our husband or wife or even close friend.

The problem lies in the way we judge. Many people judge in order to condemn. They judge based on their biases, whims and personal standards. They forget that God is ultimately the sole and only judge. Let us first listen to the word of God and ask His guidance as make a choice from time to time.

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As human beings, we all have imperfections, big and small. Some of these imperfections which some people call weaknesses are inherent or natural because we are born with them. Others are developed as we grow up. The truth is we all have weaknesses and we all commit mistakes. A large part of our mission on earth is endeavor to improve ourselves first and foremost before trying to improve others.

In the gospel reading above, Jesus tells us to stop criticizing and condemning others. For one thing, we do not have a complete understanding of their situation and background. For another thing, we also have our problems to solve. Therefore let us mind our own business. Let us focus on improving ourselves so that we can be capable of lifting up other people instead of putting them down.

Instead of judging others, why not judge ourselves? In fact, the most difficult person to judge is oneself. It is because we have the tendency to look favorably on ourselves. It is pride that hinders us to see and admit our own weaknesses and mistakes. That is why wants us first to remove spiritual blindness so that we can clearly see and understand what other people undergoing through and why they behave as such.

The world will be more peaceful and progressive if we all help one another grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually instead of judging one another.

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Gospel Reading and Reflection for June 20 2022
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