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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for June 25, 2017
 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Jeremiah 20: 10-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69: 8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-15
Gospel: Matthew 10: 26-33

With a hope and promise for a Messiah from the "Lord of Hosts" Jeremiah and the Psalmist stood firm in their faithfulness to their Lord in their pleadings for merciful assistance.  Just as our world seems to be today, they faced detractors and persecutors, not just from others, but especially from their "brothers and friends".  The struggle to remain faithful took courage and strength which they found in their God.

Jeremiah and the Psalmist could never have imagined the brazen and even subtle ways our resolve to live faithfully is being attacked today.  Let us shore up our strength and courage by taking to heart words spoken to us today by our Jesus, the promised Messiah.  "Fear no one!  What I say to you in the darknes, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.  And do not be afraid..."  "You are worth more than the sparrows..." Jesus' words also hold a few warnings, " be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body."  "Whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

With Jeremiah we pray, it is to you O Lord of Hosts, we have entrusted our cause.  We praise you O Lord for you have rescued the lives of your poor ones from the power of the wicked.  We can once again move through our days with strength and courage.  To you we give thanks and sing praise.

Judy Hillman, Associate