15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff’
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray,
so that they may return to the right path,
give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians
the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and to strive after all that does it honour.
This week’s readings tell of people who receive a mission. It has always been God’s plan from the beginning to choose ordinary people like us to help spread the Good News. Jesus asks us to listen, and really come to know him. All we need do is trust him, and we will be blessed with all we need to follow his way.
Amos, a shepherd, has simply listened and responded with courage and faith to God’s call. He has spoken up for the poor of Bethel. Today, the royal priest tells Amos to mind his own business and leave. (First Reading)
The Psalmist, too, listens to the Lord’s ‘voice … of peace for his people’. He sings praise to God’s promise of faithfulness, mercy, justice and help to all who trust in him.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians begins with a long prayer of praise and blessing to God. We have always been part of God’s plan: ‘Before the world was made, God chose us.’ Through the gifts of Christ and our faith, we are God’s loved and forgiven sons and daughters. (Second Reading)
In the Gospel, Jesus sends out the apostles in pairs to support one another, teaching others the message of love and repentance they have seen and learnt from him. They are to carry nothing other than their staff, but to trust in God’s love and rely on the hospitality of others. If they are not welcomed, they are not to make a scene, but simply ‘shake off the dust from under their feet’, then move on.
Let’s pray this week that we show Jesus’s message in our love for those we encounter each day. We ask to be witnesses to the joy of our faith in the way in which we live our lives.
I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Entrance Antiphon
Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ. Second Reading
I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace. Responsorial Psalm
The best portion of a good person’s life are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth
This week’s texts if you want to explore further:
Amos 7: 12–15; Psalm 84 (85); Ephesians 1: 3–14; Mark 6: 7–13
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