08 July – Tuesday in the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
They have set up kings, but not with my consent,
and appointed princes, but without my knowledge.
Out of their own silver and gold they have made idols,
which are doomed to destruction.
I spurn your calf, Samaria,
my anger blazes against it.
(How long will it be before they purge themselves of this,
the sons of Israel?)
A workman made the thing,
this cannot be God!
Yes, the calf of Samaria shall go up in flames.
They sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind;
their wheat will yield no ear,
the ear will yield no flour,
or, if it does, foreigners will swallow it.
Ephraim has built altar after altar,
they have only served him as occasion for sin.
Were I to write out the thousand precepts of my Law for him,
they would be paid no more attention than those of a stranger.
They love sacrificing; right, let them sacrifice!
They love meat; right, let them eat it!
the Lord takes no pleasure in these.
He is now going to remember their iniquity
and punish their sins;
they will have to go back to Egypt.
They had only just left when a man was brought to him, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed. ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel’ they said. But the Pharisees said, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts out devils.’
Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.
And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’
He felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.
I have been feeling drained because of work and ministry. There was not much time for myself, but I felt fine with it. However, something tugged in my heart. I yearned for something more than just doing good work.
The song “Heart of Worship” played in my mind, especially these lyrics: I’m coming back to the heart of worship / and it’s all about You, Jesus. It then struck me that no matter how much I do to make the world around me a better place, it is most important to nurture my relationship with God.
The readings today tell of people who were lost and turned to things that looked like they were pointing to God, but only brought them further away from Him. Fortunately, Jesus Himself seeks us out, even sending people to help us quench that spiritual thirst in our hearts when we do not recognize it. Have you been feeling similarly lost? Stop and focus on Him today.
(Today’s reflection by Regina Xie)
Prayer: We pray to the Lord for a heart that seeks Him.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for reminders to focus on Him.
09 Jul, Wed – Hosea 10:1-3. 7-8. 12, Matthew 10:1-7
10 Jul, Thu – Hosea 11:1-4. 8-9, Matthew 10:7-15
11 Jul, Fri – Hosea 14:2-10, Matthew 10:16-23
12 Jul, Sat – Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 10:24-33
13 Jul, Sun – Isaiah 55:10-11, Romans 8:18-23, Matthew 13:1-23 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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