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14th July 2024: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

LECTIONARY : 104
FIRST READING: AMOS 7:12-15

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

PSALM: PS 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Response (R): Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD — for he proclaims peace. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land.      <R>

Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.       <R>

The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and prepare the way of his steps.       <R>

SECOND READING: Ephesians 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of God’s grace that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

GOSPEL: Mark 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick— no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them,  wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off  and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Daily Reflection – 14th July 2024
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings today invite us to share our faith as prophets of God, in our own little way.

In the first reading, we hear God tell Amos, an ordinary dirt-farmer, to take His message to the royal shrine at Bethel, one of the most sophisticated sanctuaries of Israel. In the Gospel, Jesus entrusts his apostles (who were not trained preachers, some of whom were even uneducated) with the task of proclaiming the Good News. In both cases, the message would not have been welcomed at all, as it involved a change in lifestyle!

The invitation to be a prophet doesn’t require that we be eloquent speakers. In fact, this could often be counterproductive as we may end up presenting ourselves rather than God’s Word. Rather, what is required is that we ‘know’ God’s Word, let ourselves be ‘led by His Spirit’, ‘witness through our lifestyle’ and ‘depend not on material support, but on the providence of God’ – this is the meaning of Jesus’ words “carry no bread, no bag, no money…”.

Source: Archdiocese of Mumbai official website (https://www.archdioceseofbombay.org/)