Awhile back the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 11:25-30 MT 11:25-30
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Jesus invites us to come to him and to God- always. God has given Jesus complete Authority over God’s Kingdom, and has Glorified the Son in doing so. With God all things are possible and Jesus asks us to come to Him and to God with all matters. Trusting in the Lord, in His Power and Authority, recognizing that with Jesus- there is rest and the Divine Peace of Christ that dwells within every heart that comes to Him.
Awhile back, the angels asked me to post on the Gospel for Sundays. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Joy is with those that proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the nations. This joy is the fruit of a job well done, announcing to those who would and would not hear it that the advent of God’s Kingdom is among us. Jesus is communicating here, that it is not we , but He, who brings the Truth and the fullness of the Kingdom. In fact, the seventy-two are told to speak words both to those who accept and those who reject their ministry, and in each case, the words are the same: “the Kingdom of God is at hand for you.” The Gospel is the saving work of Jesus; it is not an idea but an event, a historical moment that perdures throughout time.
Paul underscores the Truth in Romans, where he says that, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” and then asks, “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in HIm of whom they have not heard? and how can they hear without someone to preach?” (Romans 10:14) Significantly, Jesus sends out these disciples these disciples to prepare the way for his own ministry to the towns. Through deeds and words they are to till the soil Jesus will sow with seed.
The instructions Jesus gives are sober and remarkably detailed. After alerting them to the dangers they will face as “lambs among wolves,” he details what they can bring, where they can stay, what they can say and eat, and how they are to respond to inhospitable towns. Little is left to chance.
They return enthusing at their power over the unholy, but Jesus responds by reminding them their power came from Him and that it is salvation, not power that is the only real cause of rejoicing. [see reference]
The angels remind us: “We all have this authority through Christ our Lord. Everyone. Rejoicing in Jesus’ name is something for all, for all who call upon the name of Jesus are saved through Him, united in Him and for those that believe the Word of God, there is much rejoicing for both Heaven and Earth. Serving God through the Gospels and helping someone to believe will always triumph.
Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016
Awhile back the angels asked to post on the Gospels from Sundays. With Love and Gratitude- Here is the Gospel of Luke 9:18-24
Once when Jesus was praying by himself,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He scolded them
and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Jesus is predicting His Passion and preparing the disciples for what is to come. It would seem as if Jesus were to be preparing the disciples for their own ministry with Christ- but the words can still be applied today. Bringing our awareness to the fullness of God, our walk and service in Christ, focusing on the ways of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. , and denying the old way of living for Christ Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name
The angels had guided me to post on the gospels on Sundays- with love and gratitude I surely do. With a loving message behind it. Gospel of Mark 6:30-34
The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught. Jesus said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity to even eat.
So they went off in a boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all of the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
and his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd,
and he began to teach them many things.
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