July 5 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13

4 Thus says the LORD: They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
5 Cast away your calf, O Samaria! my wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel?
6 The work of an artisan, no god at all, Destined for the flames such is the calf of Samaria!
7 When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind; The stalk of grain that forms no ear can yield no flour; Even if it could, strangers would swallow it.
11 When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin, his altars became occasions of sin.
12 Though I write for him my many ordinances, they are considered as a stranger’s.
13 Though they offer sacrifice, immolate flesh and eat it, the LORD is not pleased with them. He shall still remember their guilt and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 115:3-4, 5-6, 7AB-8, 9-10

Response: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
Response: Alleluia.

Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.
Response: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
Response: Alleluia.

They have mouths but speak not;
they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not;
they have noses but smell not.
Response: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
Response: Alleluia.

They have hands but feel not;
they have feet but walk not.
Their makers shall be like them,
everyone that trusts in them.
Response: The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
Response: Alleluia.

Alleluia – John 10:14

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/5/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:32-38

32 A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
33 and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
35 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.
36 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
38 so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

7/5/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 9:32-38

The gospel reading above tells us that demons do live in people. It is part of the mission of Jesus to free us from demonic possession. Now it is up to us to surrender to His power and mercy so that we will be possessed by His love and not of the prince of darkness. It is up to us to cooperate with Him so that He can use us to do exorcism or at least to pray for the deliverance of those who are under the possession of darkness.

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We see two kinds of reactions of people when they witness how Jesus cured a mute person by expelling the demon. One is that of amazement, the other is ridicule and contempt. The crowds were amazed but the Pharisees accused Jesus of being under the power of Satan. Yet even with this negative comment, Jesus did not give up in pursuing His mission. In fact, He continued doing good with vigor though He knew it will generate opposition that will ultimately result in His crucifixion and death.

If you were present during the time of this occurrence, how would you react to the miracle? The same kinds of reaction happen today. You do something good and some people throw false accusations such as you are seeking public attention or you have hidden personal agenda. Some people are always jealous and suspicious. We should never allow them to hinder us or frustrate our good works.

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The coming of Jesus is the inauguration of the Kingdom of God. With Him as our powerful king, all kinds of diseases are cured, demons are expelled, and peace and joy reigns. This is our proclamation: The kingdom of God is at hand. It has already been inaugurated. Let us make it alive in our life until its fulfillment.

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The world today as it was in the time of Jesus is in need of evangelization. There are still millions who have never heard of the Good News. The harvest is ready indeed. Who will do the work? God is calling you. Do you hear His voice. Whatever you are doing now, you can heed the call of Jesus and pray for more laborers. That is the least you can do.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 5 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 5, 2022

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