Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 20: 10-13
Our Commanding Officer!
But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten. (11)
Praise the Lord GOD of hosts, he never abandons his people. We must stand firm when there is darkness around us because the LORD is our Light, he will not let us stumble. As proclaimed in Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and bold, have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD who goes with you, He will not fail you or forsake you.”
In JESUS’ name. Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 69: 8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
The Code of Conduct!
When I humbled my soul with fasting, they insulted me for doing so. (10)
For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and his servants shall live there and possess it; the children of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall live in it. (35-36)
Amen, Alleluia, Amen!
Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-15
The Secret Passage!
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. (15)
For a more relevant understanding of the passage, we look at the NLT Bible version which presents this verse: “But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. The sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.”
In Jesus Christ, we are free to enter into the presence of God Abba Father. But have we been washed in the blood of the Lamb? Repentance is the road to this cleansing. Are we ready to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour?
May the Holy Spirit guide us to all truth. Amen!
Gospel: Matthew 10: 26-33
Onwards to Victory!
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.” (26)
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” (32)
Alleluia, Amen! We have a great and mighty God! He watches our every move and thought and yet he is bountiful in mercy! Jesus gives us clear instructions about witnessing to our faith, it is a command – not to be fearful! The promise at the other end of the command is that we will be recognized in His presence. This is a promise not only for the end times but also for the here and now!
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present right here in our midst. When we receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist and remain humble children of God, HE resides in us. Where one of the Adorable persons of the Holy Trinity abides, there, the other two adorable persons of the Holy Trinity also abide. When we call on Jesus he sends us the Holy Spirit, then they both in turn lead us to God Our Father! Amen!
Let us learn to live in the presence of the Holy Trinity One GOD daily! In JESUS’ name, Amen, Alleluia, Amen!