July 1 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Amos 8:4-6, 9-12

4 Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!
5 “When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?” We will diminish the containers for measuring, add to the weights, and fix our scales for cheating!
6 We will buy the lowly man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”
9 On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun set at midday and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentations. I will cover the loins of all with sackcloth and make every head bald. I will make them mourn as for an only son, and bring their day to a bitter end.
11 Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the LORD.
12 Then shall they wander from sea to sea and rove from the north to the east In search of the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131

Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

My soul is consumed with longing
for your ordinances at all times.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your justice give me life.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands.
Response: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Alleluia – Matthew 11:28

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/1/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
10 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
11 The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
13 Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

7/1/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 9:9-13

When Jesus was invited into the home of Matthew, something wonderful happened to him. He was transformed by Jesus. He felt accepted and loved. Perhaps the other tax collectors and sinners felt the same way too. Their dignity as human beings was restored.

Let us also recall what happened to Peter. The first time Jesus visited his home, his mother-in-law was healed of her fever. Then there was that short man named Zacchaeus. He too was transformed when Jesus came into his house. This is a beautiful lesson for all of us: when we invite Jesus into our home, something wonderful happens.

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It is alright to have a healthy regard of ourselves. After all, we were created in God’s image. Yet it is never okay to have an oversize ego to the point that we believe we are already righteous and therefore we do not need redemption. It can also happen that we are too comfortable with our financial status that we think we no longer need help from anyone including Jesus.

On the other hand, some people have very low self-image to the point that they think they are not worthy of redemption. Since they commit sin again and again, they believe it is useless to go to church or even to pray.

The scripture tells us that we are all sinners and we fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Therefore, all of us are in need of redemption. We are all the very reasons for the coming to Jesus to earth. We are all called to repent and to follow Jesus regardless of our status or background and the call is continuous whether or not we have been His followers for a long time.

God is merciful to us and we are all called to be merciful to others too.

Go here to read full reflection on this gospel passage.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 1 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 1, 2022

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