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Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Hosea 11:1-4, 8C-9, 12-13, 14 and 17
Matthew 10:7-15
If we trust God we can be assured that He will give us all we need to
bring harmony into our lives, our families, our country, and our world.
In the first reading Elijah, the one true prophet, fears for his life after
slaying all of the false prophets. When his life is threatened by Jeze-
bel, wife of the most evil of all the kings, Elijah is depressed, frus-
trated, and angry. In desperation he flees, taking with him neither
companions or supplies. He pities himself, and wants to die. God
sends him an angel who refreshes him
and renews his spirit, giving him the strength and spirit to renew his
covenant with God.
Our Psalm reminds us that if we look to the Lord, He will be there to
save us.
In the second reading Paul calls us to be ˈimitators of Christˉ in love,
compassion, and forgiveness. When we coddle bitterness, anger,
and malice we frustrate God˅s desire to empower us through His
These two readings show that God has the power and willingness to
renew our spirit and bless us with the gifts we need to live like Christ.
One of the greatest gifts we receive is Christ˅s body and blood in the
Eucharist. In John˅s Gospel Jesus establishes Himself as the son of