It is 15th July 2018. We celebrate the fifteenth Sunday of the Ordinary Time. The readings are from Amos 7:12-15; the second reading is from Ephesians 1:3-14; and the Gospel from Mark 6:7-13. The light remains light however the thickest and darkest clouds try to surround it. Truth will prevail as truth at the end, even if the lies are predominantly spoken and believed. People will be quick to comment, criticize, dismiss the message of love, peace and healing over what they think is correct. Let our feelings makes us feel sorry for what we have believed and spoken. We must always try not to undermine the power of the spirit in us over the words of the people who wish to hurt us rather complement us. As longs as our words and actions strive to please others, we are not doing the right thing. The right teachings do not heal us instantly rather it deals with the pain, wounds, and takes a substantial amount awareness of healing moments. When we love God and listens to God, we cannot but to preach the Word of God no matter who wants to listen, find fault and criticise. We on our part must be led by the Holy Spirit in sharing the Word of God in humility, charity and sincerity. It is good to acknowledge the call of God by being the person God wants us to be. Let us not dance to the tunes and words of people rather learn to listen to the music and the orchestra of the Lord in our lives. We do not need to have money to be charitable. We do not need words to preach vibrant and soul-stirring sermons. We do not need titles and positions to do good. We need to have spirit of docility and willingness to do something beautiful for God everyday however insignificant it might be. The first reading presents us with the Prophet Amos and his willingness to make know the people of Israel what God has inspired him to do so even though he was not an official and approved prophet of the kingdom. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.” (Ps.85:8). The second reading affirms that we are chosen by God to share the gospel of salvation to all people without any prejudice whatso ever. “God blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before God.” (Eph.1:3). In the Gospel Jesus sends out the Twelve Apostles to clean up the mess created by the Evil One. As the Apostles, so we are invited and sent by Jesus to preach the message of repentance with the blessings of the Lord healing the sick of all kinds. Our journey must be pompous and popular with the world show and applause. Believing in the One who has chosen and sent, we need to walk the talk in all we do and say. May we heal ourselves before we venture healing the wounded world. Let us empty ourselves, before filling the world with the blessings of the Lord. Let us become poor indeed even before embarking the journey of making others rich wholistic. We all owe a lot to our God and our faith. May it be foundation for our teaching, preaching and healing. May you have a good day.

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