July 6 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

1 Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth. The more abundant his fruit, the more altars he built; The more productive his land, the more sacred pillars he set up.
2 Their heart is false, now they pay for their guilt; God shall break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars.
3 If they would say, “We have no king” Since they do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them?
7 The king of Samaria shall disappear, like foam upon the waters.
8 The high places of Aven shall be destroyed, the sin of Israel; thorns and thistles shall overgrow their altars. Then they shall cry out to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall upon us!”
12 “Sow for yourselves justice, reap the fruit of piety; break up for yourselves a new field, for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain down justice upon you.”

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (4b) Seek always the face of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

2 Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
3 Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

4 Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
5 Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

6 You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
7 He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. Seek always the face of the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Alleluia – Mark 1:15

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
15 The Kingdom of God is at hand:
repent and believe in the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

7/6/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 10:1-7

1 Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
2 The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
4 Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
5 Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
6 Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

7/6/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – The Sending of the 12 Apostles

The gospel reading above mentions the initial sending of the twelve on a mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. This could be part of their training. Jesus is aware of their strengths and weakness. So He empowered them with “authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness”. He also provided them with a strategic plan. They must first focus their effort on familiar ground – their homeland and their people. The pagan territory is too dangerous for neophyte missionaries like them. Later, before His ascension, He sent them to all nations (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15).

There is a great leadership lesson here: Know your people, give them enough training, empower them with enough authority and provide a strategic plan that can be implemented on a staggered basis.

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In the beginning of the church, the apostles performed a lot of miracles of healing, exorcism, and even prison escape. Today, we observe less and less miracles that can be considered awesome by spectators. This is a good sign because it means the church is growing in faith. We don’t have to witness spectacular miracles to develop faith. In other words, our faith does not depend on miracles but on love and trust. We praise and glorify God not because we have received miraculous healings and other blessings but we know for a fact that God deserves it.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 6 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 6, 2022

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