July 17 2022 Gospel and Other Readings with Reflection

First Reading – Genesis 18:1-10A

1 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot.
2 Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said:
3 “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant.
4 Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest yourselves under the tree.
5 Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way.” The men replied, “Very well, do as you have said.”
6 Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah, “Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls.”
7 He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it.
8 Then Abraham got some curds and milk, as well as the steer that had been prepared, and set these before the three men; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.
9 They asked Abraham, “Where is your wife Sarah?” He replied, “There in the tent.”
10A One of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year,
and Sarah will then have a son.”

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 15:2-3A, 3BC-4AB, 5

Response: He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

One who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
Response: He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
Response: He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
One who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
Response: He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading – Colossians 1:24-28

Brothers and sisters:
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church,
25 of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God,
26 the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
27 to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
28 It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Alleluia – Luke 8:15

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

7/17/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Luke 10:38-42
38 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
39 She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
40 Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
41 The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
42 There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

7/17/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection – Luke 10:38-42

What will you do when a famous personality visits your home unannounced? Perhaps you’ll panicked because you are caught unprepared. Maybe you will quickly fix the sofa so the visitor may sit comfortably and rush to the kitchen to make food and drinks. But what if suddenly the visitor does not like to eat anything? What about if you have been told that a famous person is coming to your house? You may not panic but you would still be anxious and perhaps summon the whole household to make the necessary preparation. This was the case of Martha in our gospel reading above. Jesus said she was anxious and worried about many things.

Indeed, many times we are so caught up with worldly things that we often forget how to enjoy life. Many times we are worried about the things money can buy that we forget the things that money cannot buy. Many times we are so engaged with work that we forget why we are working in the first place. Let’s think also of rest but above all, think why we are living in the first place. Are we alive just to work?

Jesus is telling us that there are more important things than just work and food. The gospel is telling us that Jesus is more important than anything else. It is telling us that the Word is more important than work.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 17, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for July 17, 2022

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