July 14 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

7 The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level.
8 Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls.
9 My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice.
12 O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.
16 O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
17 As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
18 We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
19 But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 102:13-14AB AND 15, 16-18, 19-21

Response: (20b) From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

You, O LORD, abide forever,
and your name through all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion,
for it is time to pity her.
For her stones are dear to your servants,
and her dust moves them to pity.
Response: From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
Response: From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Let this be written for the generation to come,
and let his future creatures praise the LORD:
“The LORD looked down from his holy height,
from heaven he beheld the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoners,
to release those doomed to die.”
Response: From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Alleluia – Matthew 11:28

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/14/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 11:28-30
28 Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

7/14/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Matthew 11:28-30

Some of us need to wake up early in the morning, go to work for long hours each day and come home late in the evening very tired. Then at payday, we receive our salary and spend them all even before the next payday. For some, this situation leads to a broken relationship which makes the problem even bigger and more complicated. Then we hear the voice of Jesus inviting us to turn to Him for help.

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Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are wonderfully and fearfully made and this is enough reason to praise God. Yet in Psalm 102, we read a prayer of a suffering person who has become weak. Indeed, we are wonderful creatures and yet, we are suffering because of sin. Our disobedience, rebelliousness and pride led us into a world where we need to labor hard just to survive and to endure many other hardships. So we experience anxiety, weariness, and loneliness. That is our life away from God.

Driven out of paradise we were, God did not forget us. He continued to love us and He has sent His only Son to rescue us from our hopelessness.

The gospel reading above shows Jesus offering an invitation. He wants us to find real happiness. With open arms, He invites us to turn to Him. He does not have the solution to our problems because HE IS THE SOLUTION. He is all that we need in this world full of suffering. He gives us the strength to carry on and the wisdom to have a clearer view of our problems. Then we can now figure out how to solve the problem.

Of course, this is not to say that with Jesus, all our sufferings will have a solution in an instant. He is offering a way through, not a way out, of suffering. Believe in Jesus we may, we will still suffer and like Jesus at Gethsemane, we may pray for the cup of suffering to pass from us. Yet the Lord has shown us that embracing suffering is actually is a path to purification and that suffering will lead us to resurrection.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 14, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 14, 2022

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