Reflection from Fr. Taylor: June 25, 2017, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 20:10-13   Romans 5:12-15   Matthew 10:26-33

If we would look at the sum total of the gospels we would all have to agree that they are very encouraging and inspiring.  At the same time Jesus has to shake us up once in  A  while.  He reminds us that much has been given to us and so we have to give and pass it on.

The key to understanding today’s gospel is that we must look at our own inner heart.  Where does our heart stand?  At our best of efforts we sometimes fail, but the main thing is that we are always willing to start again.  We don’t give up, because God never gives up on us.  Indeed we should never let fear rule our lives.

Although there is much to be apprehensive about we know the ultimate outcome is for those who love and serve the Lord.  The Disciples in their great moments of weakness betrayed the Lord, but He welcomed them back and they continued in their Mission to the Church.  The church is made up of sinners who fall short of God’s expectation and we keep coming back knowing that we can be strengthened to do His will.  Our weakness and temptation should never separate us from the love of God.  As long as we hope and we trust God will always be there.


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