Daily Gospel – Saturday, July 6, 2024 – Matthew 9,14-17 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Amos 9,11-15)

Reading of the Prophecy of Amos.

Thus says the Lord: “On that day I will raise up the tent of David which has fallen into disrepair, and I will repair its damage, raising it from the rubble, and rebuilding everything, as in the days of old; in this way they will possess all the rest of Edom and the rest of the world. nations, which are called by my name, says the Lord, who accomplishes all these. Behold, the days will come, says the Lord, when he who plows and he who reaps, he who treads the grapes and he who casts the grapes will closely follow each other. seed; the mountains will drop wine and the hills will seem to melt. I will change the fortunes of my captive people Israel; they will rebuild the devastated cities and inhabit them, they will plant vineyards and drink wine, they will cultivate orchards and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their ground, and they will never again be uprooted from their land, which I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Matthew 9,14-17)

Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, John’s disciples approached Jesus and asked: “Why do we and the Pharisees practice fasting, but your disciples do not?” Jesus said to them, “Can the bridegroom’s friends mourn while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from among them. Then, yes, they will fast. No one puts a patch of new cloth on old clothes, because the patch pulls the clothes and the tear becomes even bigger. Nor do you put new wine in old wineskins, otherwise the skins will burst, the wine will spill out and the skins will be lost. But new wine is put in new skins. , and thus the two are preserved”.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are invited to reflect on the readings we have just heard: the prophecy of Amos and the gospel according to Matthew. These passages not only reveal God’s Word to us, but they also challenge us to more deeply understand His plan of salvation for us all.

Amos, one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament, brings us a message of hope in the midst of divine correction. He prophesies about the restoration of Israel, a people who had strayed from the Lord’s ways and were facing the consequences of his actions.

In the passage we read today, Amos talks about how God will restore the house of David. He promises that “I will raise up its ruins, and I will restore what was torn down.” This is a promise of renewal and rebirth for a people who have experienced desolation and exile. It is a powerful reminder that even in the midst of God’s hardships and chastisement, there is hope and restoration for those who turn to Him with contrite hearts.

This passage leads us to reflect on our own lives. How many times do we stray from God’s path, following our own desires and ignoring His will? However, as the Lord was merciful to Israel, He is also merciful to us. He invites us to return to Him, promising to restore what has been broken and rebuild what has been destroyed in our lives.

In the gospel according to Matthew, we find Jesus answering a question from John the Baptist’s disciples about fasting. The Pharisees and John’s disciples often fasted, while Jesus’ disciples did not fast in the same way. Jesus uses this opportunity to teach a profound lesson about the new age He is ushering in.

He compares His ministry to that of a bridegroom who is present among the people. While the groom is present, there is joy and celebration; This is no time to fast. Jesus is announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God, a time of joy and salvation for all who believe in Him. However, He also predicts that there will be times of suffering and separation when He is taken from them.

Jesus uses two powerful analogies to explain his ministry. First, He compares His teaching to new wine that cannot be put into old wineskins because this would cause rupture and loss. He is introducing something completely new and revolutionary – God’s grace and forgiveness, which cannot be contained by the ancient structures of human law and traditions.

Then He talks about the patching of new cloth into old garments. This not only ruins the old fabric but also serves no purpose in repairing the tear. Likewise, the grace of Jesus Christ cannot be added to the old systems of self-righteousness and legalism. He came to offer something completely new: a transformative relationship with God based on faith and love.

How do these passages apply to our lives today? First, we are called to recognize our own areas of desolation and distance from God. Just as Israel needed restoration, we also need God’s restoring grace in our lives. He promises to rebuild what has been broken and restore us to fellowship with Him if we will only turn to Him with all our hearts.

Second, we are challenged to embrace the new life that Jesus offers us. He came not only to reform our old ways of thinking and acting, but to completely transform our hearts. Like new wineskins and new cloth, we are called to receive God’s grace in our lives and allow Him to completely renew us.

My brothers and sisters, today we can let the Word of God penetrate our hearts. May we recognize our need for restoration and allow Jesus Christ, through His transforming grace, to lead us into new and abundant life. May we be living witnesses of the Kingdom of God, celebrating His presence among us and living in accordance with His teachings of love and mercy. May the Holy Spirit guide us and strengthen us on this path of faith. Amen.