June 30 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Amos 7:10-17

10 Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos has conspired against you here within Israel; the country cannot endure all his words.
11 For this is what Amos says: Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.”
12 To Amos, Amaziah said: “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying,
13 but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
15 The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
16 Now hear the word of the LORD!” You say: prophesy not against Israel,
preach not against the house of Isaac.
17 Now thus says the LORD: Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city, and your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by measuring line, and you yourself shall die in an unclean land; Israel shall be exiled far from its land.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11

Response: The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
Response: The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
Response: The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
Response: The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
Sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
Response: The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

Alleluia – 2 Corinthians 5:19

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

6/30/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:1-8

1 After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town.
2 And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
3 At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
4 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
5 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
7 He rose and went home.
8 When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

6/30/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 9:1-8

Some people brought a paralytic man to be healed but the first thing Jesus did was to forgive the man’s sins. Jesus knew everything about the man because He is God. He knew that forgiveness alone is powerful and He knew very well that sin is the root cause of many diseases. He knew that forgiveness and acceptance can heal paralysis. He knew what the paralytic man needs to be healed.

Psychosomatic is the description experts have used to identify physical diseases caused or aggravated by mental and emotional condition such un-forgiveness, lack of acceptance and other emotional disorder. No amount of physicians’ attention or medicine intake will cure such a “dis-ease”. But as soon as the patient learns of his or her own worth as a human being brought about by love, forgiveness and acceptance, true healing occurs. Hence, all throughout the gospels, Jesus emphasized the need to love others as we love ourselves and to always forgive one another.

See further reflection here.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 30 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 30, 2022

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