Amos' concern was focused on the
message and the one who gave him the message. He was not
concerned whether or not the people were impressed with him as
an individual or even whether or not they wanted to hear what
God told him to proclaim.
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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 15, 2018
We see the exact same action taking place in the Gospel reading
for this Sunday. Jesus sends his disciples out to proclaim the
coming of the kingdom of God. These disciples were every day
people. Nothing special about them. Jesus tells them to carry
little luggage and to just proclaim the word and then move on.
If people accept the word great, if they don't, leave quickly,
but bring the word of God to the next village.
The truth is not dependent on the people to whom it is
addressed. The truth is dependent on the fidelity of the
proclaimer of the message received by God. There was a time in
history that two thirds of the Church questioned the divinity of
Jesus Christ. That was the time of the Arian heresy. Two thirds
of the church! The numbers still didn't make the Arians correct.
The truth always wins. The Arians are forgotten, buried in
history and the Church lives on believing in the divinity of
Faced with the temptations that we have, sometimes we want to
keep quiet, not make waves and just let things slide. Like Amos,
we can all claim: We don't need this. Let the priests talk about
morals and attempt to practice them. I'm just an everyday
person. But then we read scripture. We read the readings for
this Sunday. The readings today tell us that we do not have the
right to walk away from our responsibilities to the Truth. We
have to stand for the truth of the Lord, whether it is popular
or not, whether it is convenient or not. We have all received
the mandate of Jesus to go out and proclaim his Word. Today we
pray for the courage to proclaim the truth at work, in our
neighborhoods and in our families.
Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.