July 11- Wednesday

Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot

Reading 1 – HOS 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 105

Seek always the face of the Lord.

Gospel: MT 10:1-7

 

Reflection:

We are Catholics.  Much is expected.  It’s not an easy life.  It’s a lot of work!  It’s not as easy to lead as it is to be led.  It’s not as fun to be the Shepherd as it is to be the sheep.

Just once, wouldn’t it be nice to lie like the rest and let your conscience get away with it?

Make a BIG TIME LIE! Just once, wouldn’t you like to think of yourself first?  Wouldn’t it be great to serve just yourself, just once?  Wouldn’t it be great to abandon all your responsibilities, justify all your crimes and punch out an eye or a tooth?

But this is not for us.  Our God talks…and hears and sees.  “Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does.  Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men.  They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; they have ears but hear not…”

After all, to whom much is given, much is expected

Our God speaks…loud and clear:  If you desire peace then forgive those who offend you; love those who hurt you.  If you offer a drink of water, you offer it in His name.  If you do this, then good will triumph over evil.

 

Prayer: all together

Lord, forgive us as we forgive those who tresspass against us. Amen