Isaiah 66:10-14 10
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her;
11 that you may suck and be satisfied with her consoling breasts; that you may drink deeply with delight from the abundance of her glory.”
12 For thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall suck, you shall be carried upon her hip, and dandled upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the LORD is with his servants, and his indignation is against his enemies
14 But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16 Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.
17 Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
9 heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’12 I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
THE PROPHET ISAIAH use metaphoric language to describe the compassionate, prosperous and restorative motherly effect that the people shall bask in, when the servants of the Messiah present themselves to the people of Jerusalem.
St PAUL remind the Galatian community that they were newly created—a reference to baptism— wherefore circumcision is no longer a required observance, because through Christs death and ressurection Satan has been bounded. Paul tells the leaders to stop complaining when he example the “marks on [his] body,” refering to the beatings and suffering he endured in defence of the proclamation of the gospel.
THE GOSPEL READING: Over and above the twelve, Christ chose and send seventy additional disciples in pairs of two ahead of Him; to labor and proclaim the good news and heal the sick. Upon hearing the self elated feedback of the returning disciples, our Lord wasted little time to quell their braggadocious feedback, reminding them that the supernatural signs they witnessed were not of their doing, because He was with them, giving them the authority to bind the evil spirits who were intent to derail their mission.
In as much as we were saved in baptism and anointed with chrism oil and prayed over by the Bishop or priest at our confirmation, it does not imply or suggest that ours shall be a life journey without strife, rejection, hunger or pain! Whether a consacrated priest or an ordinary member of the body of Christ, we should not be surprised or overly bothered when we encounter rejection, hunger or pain. Come on brothers and sisters!… let us stop being milquetoast— grow a spine—take misfortune on the chin! More importantly, let us be in service of others as we appeal to Christ Jesus who has the power to let Satan fall and thwart his evil plans!
LET US PRAY: Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! 3 Say to God, “How terrible are thy deeds! So great is thy power that thy enemies cringe before thee.
4 All the earth worships thee; they sing praises to thee, sing praises to thy name.” [Selah] 5 Come and see what God has done: he is terrible in his deeds among men.6 He turned the sea into dry land; men passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him,
7 who rules by his might for ever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations– let not the rebellious exalt themselves. [Selah]
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.
20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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