May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071218.cfm

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words— go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

Jesus tasks us to spread His word, to teach others and bring them the salvation of God. But if they do not listen, that is not on us, it is on them. We are not to browbeat them, if they do not listen. How do you spread His word? Do you do it in peace or in anger? Do as the Lord commands you in gentleness and allow Him to be the judge.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me always to be true and honest in speaking your word and allow it to work on the hearts of others. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

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