July 8 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Hosea 14:2-10

2 Thus says the LORD: Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt.
3 Take with you words, and return to the LORD; Say to him, “Forgive all iniquity, and receive what is good, that we may render as offerings the bullocks from our stalls.
4 Assyria will not save us, nor shall we have horses to mount; We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion.”
5 I will heal their defection, says the LORD, I will love them freely; for my wrath is turned away from them.
6 I will be like the dew for Israel: he shall blossom like the lily; He shall strike root like the Lebanon cedar,
7 and put forth his shoots. His splendor shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like the Lebanon cedar.
8 Again they shall dwell in his shade and raise grain; They shall blossom like the vine, and his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
9 Ephraim! What more has he to do with idols? I have humbled him, but I will prosper him. “I am like a verdant cypress tree” because of me you bear fruit!
10 Let him who is wise understand these things; let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the LORD, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 AND 17

Response: My mouth will declare your praise.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
Response: My mouth will declare your praise.

Behold, you are pleased with sincerity of heart,
and in my inmost being you teach me wisdom.
Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Response: My mouth will declare your praise.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
Response: My mouth will declare your praise.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Response: My mouth will declare your praise.

Alleluia – John 16:13A; 14:26D

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
When the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you to all truth
and remind you of all I told you.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/8/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 10:16-23

16 Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
17 But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
18 and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.
19 When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
20 For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
22 You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

7/8/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 10:16-23

Heroes are heroes and saints are saints because of their courage to stand up for what they believe in. For heroes, they fight and die for love of country and fellowmen. For saints and martyrs, they live and die for their faith, hope and love of God. The apostles became saints because they found the courage to heed the call of Jesus to become His followers and then to be His witnesses and missionaries. They saw how Jesus suffered and died and they were scattered and disappointed. Yet, when the Holy Spirit descended upon them, they were empowered and emboldened to carry out the mission handed to them by the Lord.

History is replete with persecutions and murder of Christians especially preachers. Until now, we see and hear problems being faced by missionaries and other workers in the church. However, the power of the Holy Spirit is with the church and as Christians, we truly believe that no amount of trials and tribulations will stop the church from witnessing. No cruel wolf will completely annihilate the sheep of Christ. The people of God will keep the flame of Christ alive and the forces of darkness will not prevail it.

Verse 22 says whoever will endure to the end will be saved. This our hope and this hope gives us the courage to face even the fiercest wolf. With Jesus, we shall overcome!

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 8 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 8, 2022

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