Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071616.cfm
The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
When His own people plotted to kill Him, Jesus had to go into seclusion. His time had not come yet, but He also used this time to let the people know that He had come not only for His own people but the Gentiles. He came to save us. Have you accepted that salvation? Do you believe in the saving graces that He has for us? Your salvation depends on you believing in Him as those people who followed Him believed.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the graces you have bestowed on me. Help me to use them to bring others to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Ame.
Do not forget the poor, O Lord!