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' Roman Catholic Readings For 18th July 2020 '

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Saturday, July 18 2020

✍️Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 394 Reading 1 Mi 2:1-5 Woe to those who plan iniquity,and work out evil on their couches;In the morning light they accomplish it when it lies within their power.

✍️They covet fields, and seize them;houses, and they take them;They cheat an owner of his house,a man of his inheritance.Therefore thus says the LORD:Behold, I am planning against this race an evil from which you shall not withdraw your necks;Nor shall you walk with head high,for it will be a time of evil.

✍️On that day a satire shall be sung over you,and there shall be a plaintive chant:“Our ruin is complete,our fields are portioned out among our captors,The fields of my people are measured out,and no one can get them back!”Thus you shall have no one to mark out boundaries by lot in the assembly of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14

R. (12b) Do not forget the poor, O Lord!Why, O LORD, do you stand aloof?Why hide in times of distress?Proudly the wicked harass the afflicted,who are caught in the devices the wicked have contrived.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!For the wicked man glories in his greed,and the covetous blasphemes, sets the LORD at nought.The wicked man boasts, “He will not avenge it”;“There is no God,” sums up his thoughts.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!His mouth is full of cursing, guile and deceit;under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.He lurks in ambush near the villages;in hiding he murders the innocent;his eyes spy upon the unfortunate.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!You do see, for you behold misery and sorrow,taking them in your hands.On you the unfortunate man depends;of the fatherless you are the helper.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 12:14-21

✍️The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesusto put him to death.When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.Many people followed him, and he cured them all,but he warned them not to make him known.

✍️This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,my beloved in whom I delight;I shall place my Spirit upon him,and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

✍️He will not contend or cry out,nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.A bruised reed he will not break,a smoldering wick he will not quench,until he brings justice to victory.And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

Reflection for July 18, 2020

✍️"When the Pharisees were outside they began to plot against [Jesus] to find a way to destroy Him. Jesus was aware of this, and so He withdrew from that place." –Matthew 12:14-15

✍️The popular poem, "Footsteps," expresses the anguish of the psalmist: "Why, O Lord, do You stand aloof? Why hide in times of distress?" (Ps 10:1) We look to God for help, and He seems to withdraw from us (see Mt 12:15). We are oppressed and in dire straits, and cry out to God for aid. Yet instead of strong action, God seems to do nothing and things get worse for us (see Ps 10:8-11). Why does it sometimes seem that God is withdrawing from us (see Mt 12:15) in our time of great need? Even Jesus Himself felt as if God had abandoned Him in His ultimate agony on the cross (Mk 15:34).

✍️As the above poem mentions, Jesus is carrying us in these situations even though all we can perceive is that He has abandoned us. We feel like saying: "The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me" (Is 49:14). However, God's response to us is: "Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you" (Is 49:15).

✍️When Job in his misery questioned God's care for him, God did not answer Job. Instead, He granted Job something better: a vision of His glory (Jb 38:1). Job was then content in His suffering because He knew God was with him. Only after that did God restore Job (Jb 42:10).

✍️No, God is not hiding. He is Emmanuel, God with us (Mt 1:23). Pray: Lord, "I do believe! Help my lack of trust!" (Mk 9:24)

PRAYER: Father, help me to be patient and hopeful in time of suffering. I will "hope in silence for [Your] saving help" (Lam 3:26).

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