June 22 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3

8 The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan, “I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.
9 Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple and have consigned them to the master workmen in the temple of the LORD.”
10 The scribe Shaphan also informed the king that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book, and then read it aloud to the king.
11 When the king heard the contents of the book of the law, he tore his garments
12 and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, son of Shaphan, Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan, and the king’s servant Asaiah:
13 “Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah, about the stipulations of this book that has been found, for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us, because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book, nor fulfill our written obligations.”

1 The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned together before him.
2 The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great. He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them.
3 Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD that they would follow him and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees with their whole hearts and souls, thus reviving the terms of the covenant which were written in this book. And all the people stood as participants in the covenant.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 119:33-37, 40

Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,
that I may exactly observe them.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Incline my heart to your decrees
and not to gain.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:
by your way give me life.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your justice give me life.
Response: Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Alleluia – John 15:4A, 5B

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

6/22/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 7:15-20

15 Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.
16 By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 So by their fruits you will know them.”

6/22/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection

Nowadays, people are spending more and more time with their cellphones or computers browsing the internet and/or reading social media posts. Based on so many complaints, no one can deny that trolls and other fakes news peddlers have already swarmed social media. Of course, there are still real people who try to convince us of some alternative gospels. These are the modern false prophets that Jesus is talking about in our gospel today. They are the wolves that want to poison people with their lies in order to promote their own hidden agenda. All Christians and other religious faiths must unite to combat them. Let us be the true prophets and we must never waiver in our mission to proclaim the truth of the gospel.

To be remiss in our obligation as truth warriors is to be cut down because we have neglected to bear fruit. That is why in our quest to fight falsehood with truth, we pray unceasingly that God may grant us the courage and the wisdom to effectively perform our duties as bearers of the good news.

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