Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection July 01, 2024


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R/. Mark this, you who are forgetful of God

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

1.      In the gospel, there are two aspirants to follow the Lord. They have the desire to follow him. But they lack the sense of priority and the right motive. Jesus and his mission are not their priorities. The first one fails to follow Jesus because he is not ready to take up Jesus’ way of life without worldly securities and guarantees. The second one fails because he is still bound to his family attachments.

2.      The first reading from the prophet Amos also makes it clear how Israel failed to follow the true God. They turned unmindful and ungrateful concerning the mighty works of God, especially in their difficult times. They became unfaithful by abandoning Him, the true God. They profaned His holy places and things. They went astray to the worship of false gods. Besides they were also engrossed in immorality and injustice.

3.      The failure to follow the Lord’s way will have disastrous consequences. Human resources would fail. Human capacities would diminish.  Frustration and destruction will be the end result. This is not to be seen as revenge or punishment. It is the fruit of one’s estrangement from God. Every failure to be responsive to God’s constant call and to be responsible to follow the right path of God will certainly bring forth unpleasant and painful effects.

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