14th/15th July 2018

Dear Parishioner

Today's readings remind us of our Divine adoption as God's children and of our call to preach the Good News of Jesus by bearing witness to God's love, mercy and salvation as revealed through Jesus.

The first reading warns us that our witnessing mission will be rejected, as happened to the Old Testament prophets like Amos. He was ordered by Amaziah, the angry chief priest serving in the Northern Kingdom of Israel at Bethel, to take his prophesying back to his own country, the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Amos defended his prophetic role with courage, clarifying that it was not his choice but his God's choice to elevate him from a shepherd and tree-dresser to a prophet.

In the second reading, St. Paul explains the blessings that we have received through our Baptism and the responsibility we have to become missionaries. Then Paul reveals the Divine secret that it is God's eternal plan to extend salvation, through Jesus, to all mankind. Hence, all Christians need to love, help and respect one another and thus proclaim Jesus, giving true witness by their lives.

In today's Gospel, the evangelist tells the story of Jesus' commissioning of the twelve apostles to preach the "Good News" of repentance, forgiveness of sins, liberation and salvation through Jesus. Today's Gospel reports the instruction Jesus gave his disciples for their first mission. They should be walking illustrations of God's love and providence in action. They should preach repentance - a change of heart and a change of action taking people from a self-centred life to a God-centered life.

Just as God sent the prophet Amos to preach repentance to ancient Israel and St. Paul to preach the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles, so Jesus sends forth his followers to proclaim the Good News of God's Kingdom and to bring healing to those who need it most. So today we ask God for the necessary grace to be missionaries in our daily life.

Fr Sabu Pariyadan RCJ



Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: George Peters
Monday: Bernard Thompson, Fr Daniel Harnett
Thursday: Fr Edmund Dobson
Saturday: Fr Patrick Taylor


First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6
The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them.

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18
Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one.

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
They were like sheep without a shepherd.