July 12 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Isaiah 7:1-9

1 In the days of Ahaz, king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah, went up to attack Jerusalem, but they were not able to conquer it.
2 When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.
3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s field,
4 and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail before these two stumps of smoldering brands the blazing anger of Rezin and the Arameans, and of the son Remaliah, because of the mischief that
5 Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, plots against you,
6 saying, “Let us go up and tear Judah asunder, make it our own by force, and appoint the son of Tabeel king there.”
7 Thus says the LORD: This shall not stand, it shall not be!
8 Damascus is the capital of Aram, and Rezin is the head of Damascus;
9 Samaria is the capital of Ephraim, and Remaliah’s son the head of Samaria. But within sixty years and five, Ephraim shall be crushed, no longer a nation. Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 48:2-3A, 3B-4, 5-6, 7-8

Response: God upholds his city for ever.

Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
Response: God upholds his city for ever.

Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
Response: God upholds his city for ever.

For lo! the kings assemble,
they come on together;
They also see, and at once are stunned,
terrified, routed.
Response: God upholds his city for ever.

Quaking seizes them there;
anguish, like a woman’s in labor,
As though a wind from the east
were shattering ships of Tarshish.
Response: God upholds his city for ever.

Alleluia – Psalms 95:8

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/12/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 11:20-24

20 Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.
22 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
23 And as for you, Capernaum: Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the nether world. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

7/12/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 11:20-24

The mighty deeds of Jesus, that is, His miracles are meant to lead people to God through repentance. Too bad, the people who witnessed the miracles did not show conversion. It is therefore understandable that Jesus felt disappointed. The people of Israel, particularly the religious leaders, failed to take advantage of the opportunity to repent.

Like the prophets in the Old Testament who denounced sinful people, Jesus did not mince His words in reprimanding the Israelites for not repenting for their sins particularly their lack of faith in Him. His harsh criticism of their spiritual blindness is a warning that a graver punishment awaits them than those who did not have the opportunity to witness His mighty deeds. Jesus would later tell the Apostles thus, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29).

Jesus is the anointed king that the Israelites have been waiting for. Yet they, the Israelites, did not only reject Him; they killed Him through cross. The warning is still true to this day. We are the modern Israelites. Are we going to reject Jesus like what the Israelites did? God is also doing mighty deeds these days in more ways than we see them. May we have the eyes of faith to recognize them and lead us to repentance.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 12, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 12, 2022

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