14/15 July 2018

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Amos 7: 12-15

Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 3-14

Gospel: Mark 6: 7-13

CALLED BY GOD

Today’s scriptures invite us to listen to two calls. The first is the call issued by the Lord to the prophet Amos, the “shepherd and a dresser of sycamores” (Amos 7:14). The second is the call the Lord Jesus issued to the Twelve, whom he sent out “two by two” (Mark 6:7). These faithful people responded to the call, prophesying and preaching to the people to whom they had been sent. Each of us received a call when we were baptized. The second reading invites us to ponder that call as we are reminded that we are chosen in Christ and that, in love, God “destined us for adoption” (Ephesians 1:5). As adopted daughters and sons of God we are called to bring the presence of Christ into our marriages, families, schools, and places of work. Let us be inspired today to say yes to the call we hear once again through God’s living word.

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