Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gospel Reflection

July 11, 2012
St. Benedict, Abbot (Memorial)
by Rev. Fr. Nilo Mangussad
Edsa Shrine

First Reading:               Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Psalm:                         Psalm 105:2-7
Gospel:                        Matthew 10:1-7

1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb'edee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'


Like St. Benedict and the apostles, we should follow the Lord and not give in to the materiality and allures of the world. Through the wounds of the flesh, we heal the wounds of the soul.