TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10
8 So Ebed-melech left the king’s house and spoke to the king,
Ebed-melech proved he was more human than the others around him! He was inspired to walk up to the king and defend an innocent man!
May we receive inspiration and the courage to follow through to the greater glory of God! Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 40: 2, 3, 4, 18
2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
4 Happy are those who make
the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods.
Second Reading: Hebrews 12: 1-4
3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners,so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
In the verses following the passage today, it is explained that the Lord chastises those whom He loves! (6) Christ our Saviour and Master suffered unimaginably even though he was an innocent man! He suffered torment from and for us sinners!
May we remind ourselves of this great way He has called us to follow! May we actively practice patience and forbearance in his vineyard!
Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53
51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!
As said in Heb 4:12,”… to divide bone from marrow; indeed Christ’s word divides us! If we are to stand on his promises and walk in His ways we are the ones divided from the world.
May we have the courage to follow through with his word! Amen!