Sunday 15 July 2018

About Today Readings

Week III Psalter. 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Amos 7:12–15. Psalm 84(85):9–14. Ephesians 1:3–14. Mark 6:7–13.

Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation—Psalm 84(85):9–14.

‘Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

Jesus sent his twelve disciples on a mission and in particular to preach repentance. The lesson of repentance is obviously an important one for us to learn. On Ash Wednesday, as a cross is placed on our foreheads, we are urged to ‘turn away from sin and remain faithful to the Gospel’. These words, in essence, summarise repentance. It is not just a change of mind but also a change of action.

What are we holding on to today that keeps our hands tied and prevents us from embracing God fully? With genuine sorrow, we need to let go of it now and turn to our God. If not, we still haven’t taken the first step in living out our Christian faith, which is one of repentance.

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