July 4 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Hosea 2:16, 17C-18, 21-22

16 Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.
17C She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt.
18 On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me “My husband,” and never again “My baal.”
21 I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice,
in love and in mercy;
22 I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Response: The Lord is gracious and merciful.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
Response: The Lord is gracious and merciful.

Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works.
Response: The Lord is gracious and merciful.

They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice.
Response: The Lord is gracious and merciful.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
Response: The Lord is gracious and merciful.

Alleluia – 2 Timothy 1:10

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/4/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:18-26

18 While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
19 Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak.
21 She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.
23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
24 he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him.
25 When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose.
26 And news of this spread throughout all that land.

7/4/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 9:18-26

The woman with hemorrhage was cured after twelve long years. We can only imagine the pain she endured but we really appreciate her patience and perseverance for not losing hope. For those of use who experienced any kind of illness knew how difficult life could be but to suffer for twelve years? We can only sympathize with the woman yet we are amazed at her faith. Acute diseases can break us and make us bitter but the woman put her full faith in Jesus. We can assume that she has exhausted all her resources in looking for cure but she has not given up. Then she heard about Jesus. At last hope lingers around and indeed, Jesus did not disappoint. He granted her wish for healing!

Then there’s the official’s daughter. She was dead but the power of Jesus to bring back her life was not lost in the official’s consciousness. He just believed that the man named Jesus can restore her daughter’s life. He has to act now. He has to go and convince to come and do just that. Like in the case of the woman with hemorrhage, Jesus did not disappoint. He showed His mercy and power and miracle happened although people ridiculed Him.

The gospel reading above teaches us to put our full trust in Jesus for He is gracious and merciful. Like Him, let us do the right thing though some people ridicule us.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 4 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 4, 2022

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