A Reflection on the Daily Gospel by Deacon Kevin Heim

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

Does this Gospel sound familiar? It is the longer version of the reading from Sunday two weeks ago. It is also no easier to write a reflection about – Jesus means what he says (you may notice He never says, “I was only kidding.” Or “Bazinga!”. There are clues in two places that you may have overlooked at Mass – one is usually lost in the entrance hymn – the other at the close of the Introductory Rites.

Entrance Antiphon
Cf. Ps 17 (16): 15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.

Collect
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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