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Friday 10 July

A reading from the prophet Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9

The Lord says this:

Israel, come back to the Lord your God;
your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.
Provide yourself with words and come back to the Lord.
Say to him, ‘Take all iniquity away
so that we may have happiness again
and offer you our words of praise.
Assyria cannot save us,
we will not ride horses any more
or say, “Our God!” to what our own hands have made,
for you are the one in whom orphans find compassion. –
I will heal their disloyalty,
I will love them with all my heart,
for my anger has turned from them.
I will fall like dew on Israel.
He shall bloom like the lily,
and thrust out roots like the poplar,
his shoots will spread far;
he will have the beauty of the olive
and the fragrance of Lebanon.
They will come back to live in my shade;
they will grow corn that flourishes,
they will cultivate vines
as renowned as the wine of Helbon.
What has Ephraim to do with idols any more
when it is I who hear his prayer and care for him?
I am like a cypress ever green,
all your fruitfulness comes from me.
Let the wise man understand these words.
Let the intelligent man grasp their meaning.
For the ways of the Lord are straight,
and virtuous men walk in them,
but sinners stumble.

This is the Word of the Lord

Psalm: Song of Hosea - John Michael Talbot

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew 10:1-7

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: Remember, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves. ‘Beware of men: they will hand you over to Sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the pagans. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes; because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you. ‘Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name; but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved. If they persecute you in one town, take refuge in the next; and if they persecute you in that, take refuge in another. I tell you solemnly, you will not have gone the round of the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord


The opening sentence of today's gospel might seem like strange advice coming from Jesus. 'Be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves.' I think this has to do with the way we often think of Jesus, as someone, in whose mouth butter wouldn't melt. Jesus also reminded his disciples on another occasion that they were 'not of the world, but they were in it. Jesus knew how to deal with the world and particularly people who were not honest or up front. It's the second part of that sentence that helps us understand what means by cunning. 'Yet as harmless as doves'. He is not asking them be deceitful or conniving. He is asking them to be realistic. In other words don't paint everything as if it is perfect. When you are confronted by people who are nasty, acknowledge the fact and deal with it appropriately, and in this case it means without anger, or violence, but with gentility, but a gentility that faces the truth and speaks the truth. How we convey something to another person is every bit as important as what we are trying to convey. If we approach someone aggressively, or in anger, there is every chance their response will be likewise. Speaking the truth, honestly, calmly and with gentility, may not be greeted with joy, but you stand a much better chance of having the person actually listening and learning. Honesty in our relationships is essential, if those relationships are to be of any real value - but honesty doesn't mean you have to take a sledge hammer to open a walnut.

Song for the Day
: Anointed and Sealed - David Haas



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