July 7 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Hosea 11:1-4, 8E-9

1 Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more I called them, the farther they went from me, Sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols.
3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms;
4 I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I was their healer.
8E My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred.
9 I will not give vent to my blazing anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again; For I am God and not man, the Holy One present among you; I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 80:2AC AND 3B, 15-16

Response: Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hearken.
From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power.
Response: Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see:
Take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted,
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Response: Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

Alleluia – Mark 1:15

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

7/7/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 10:7-15

7 Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
9 Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
10 no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.
11 Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave.
12 As you enter a house, wish it peace.
13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you.
14 Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
15 Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

7/7/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 10:7-15

“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

As Jesus sends His apostles on mission, He instructed them to preach about the Kingdom of God, perform healing, raise the dead and cast out demons. Moreover, they are to do these things without expecting any payment. Since they have received these blessings for free, they are to give them away for free! Thus, Jesus is teaching them to be generous just as their Master is generous. Jesus is teaching us too to serve Him without any expectation of profit. We only need to trust in divine provision. After all, God is our good Father who is abundantly gracious beyond our imagination.


Although Jesus empowers the people He calls and sends as His messengers, let us always be reminded that He sends human beings, not angels or supermen. As such, His messengers of Jesus still have their weaknesses and frailties. That is why they need our prayers and support. We may criticize them sometimes but we must never intentionally destroy them with our careless remarks and actions.

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