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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Reflection 2021-07-11 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13
The Gospel tells us how the Twelve went out, two by two on the authority Jesus gave them over unclean spirits. His instruction to the Twelve is whenever you enter a house stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.
When we preach the Word of God we are not expected to be successful. We cannot expect many people to like what we say and if many like what we say, then that is a warning that we need to be concerned and evaluate whether we are indeed preaching the good news.
Amos was a shepherd in the Old Testament. He preached in the northern kingdom and was rejected there. They told him to go back to where he came from and earn his money there. In humility, Amos claimed he is no prophet, instead, he is a dresser of sycamore tree. Amos obeyed the Lord and he was rejected. The important thing is to obey the Lord. Whether what we do bear fruit or not, is not our concern.
The Second Reading tells us that God has given us every spiritual blessings in the heavens because he has chosen us in Christ even before he created the world. Whatever grace we need, God has given us. So if we need to preach the Gospel and are afraid, God has given the grace to do so. All we need is to take it up and do it. Many will reject our message of the inheritance God has planned for everyone. They will not believe it or they will have nothing to do with it. But as long as we speak what God wants us to say, then we would have fulfilled our mission.
Lord, help me to preach you in obedience to you.

Homily 2021-07-10 Baptism

Matthew 28:18-20