Mercy and love lead us to Jesus.

Friday of the 13th Week of Ordinary Time
July 1, 2022

Today’s Readings:

Amos 8:4-6,9-12Ps 119:2,10,20,30,40,131Matthew 9:9-13
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/070122.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2022-07-01

One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God

If we see the personality of Jesus , He was there for everyone good and the bad. Jesus loved the Samaritans, Canaanites, Prostitutes, Corrupt people, Women , beggars, Lepers , Pharisees, Scribes, poor and rough Country Men . This Gospel of truth the Good news of the life of Jesus shines brightly like a Sun to the Whole World but people prefer to live in their old ways of life. The way of Jesus is eternal and permanent which gives real peace and joy to the life of people. Though people have experienced the Charity and forgiveness in the form of teaching and testimony still they prefer to live in their old ideologies, Sin, Worldly selfish motives and in duplicate life. Most of the people know Jesus ways are good and eternal but they either shy away from the truth of life or live in their old rut of life.

Prophet Amos is Prophesying in today’s Gospel to all these kind of people that the day will come these people will look for truth but there will be no truth in this World. The Word of God says : if you listen to to Gods word today harden not your hearts because tomorrow we may not get the same opportunity. Jesus in the Gospel confirms the Prophesy of Amos , the tax collectors who are the sinners of Jesus time , gather around Jesus with Mathew to hear the Word of God and change their life. The Pharisees are jealous looking at the good work of Jesus but Jesus tells them he needs needs mercy and not Sacrifice.

In today’s World the Pharisee kind of attitude prevails among the so called self declared Holy-men of our time. God can pick any sinful men and make them Holy like Mathew and his friends. The discipline and sacrifice must followup with transformation like Mathew. If we sacrifice our entire life without mercy and love the essence of Christianity the mercy and love is either missed or misinterpreted just like the Pharisees of Jesus time. The way to the Kingdom of God is mercy and love and definitely not Sacrifice and discipline of life. The sacrificial and self discipline life make us self righteous.

Prayer : Lord enlighten us the way of truth and love the Gospel Amen.

TO DO TODAY: Reflect your life if your life is driven or motivated with love or discipline.

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