July 3 2022 Gospel and Other Bible Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Isaiah 66:10-14c

Thus says the LORD:
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her! Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort,
11 that you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts!
12 For thus says the LORD: Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap;
13 as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; in Jerusalem, you shall find your comfort.
14C When you see this, your heart shall rejoice and your bodies flourish like the grass; the LORD’s power shall be known to his servants.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20

Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”
Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
my prayer or his kindness!
Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Second Reading – Galatians 6:14-18

Brothers and sisters:
14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
15 For neither does circumcision mean anything nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation.
16 Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Alleluia – Colossians 3:15a, 16a

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
15A Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
16A let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/3/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-9

1 At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.
2 He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.
3 Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
4 Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.
5 Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
6 If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
7 Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another.
8 Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you,
9 cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

7/3/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 10:1-9

The Kingdom of God is a recurring topic in all the teachings of Jesus. It is not an abstract thing that we ought to know, debate upon and intellectualize. It is a reality although it has yet to be completed. When Jesus claims that it is at hand for us, He is saying that we can experience it now where ever we are.

Indeed, when Jesus sends His disciples to preach about the Kingdom of God, He meant it to be experienced by those who hear it and accept it. Not only that, the disciples themselves must live it by being courageous in preaching the Good News (even if they face wolf-like people), by being simple (not attached to money and other luxurious things), by promoting peace and by taking care of sick people. Imagine if each person has these characteristics. This earth will truly be a paradise.

Go here to see reflection on the sending of the 72.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 3 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 3, 2022

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