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Sunday, July 13, 1997

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15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Amos 7:12-15
Psalm 85
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:7-13

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low enough to be exalted? (see mt 23:12)

"The Lord took me from following the flock." —Amos 7:15

Amos was a country boy, a shepherd, and a pruner of sycamore trees — a nobody chosen by God to prophesy to the nation of Israel (Am 7:14). Jesus likewise sent out His apostles as nobodies. He didn't let them have the possessions and money by which many people try to command respect (see Mk 6:8-9). He didn't even provide them with accommodations (see Mk 6:10). The apostles had about as much prestige as homeless people. Of course, without credentials, status, clout, or worldly power, they were almost certain to be rejected. So Jesus told them to be prepared to shake the dust from their feet if any place did not receive them (Mk 6:11).

Jesus is the same today as yesterday (Heb 13:8). He continues to insist on choosing "the world's lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who where something; so that mankind can do no boasting before God" (1 Cor 1:28-29). When Jesus sends us forth in weakness, His power reaches perfection (2 Cor 12:9). Jesus promised that the lowly will inherit the earth (Mt 5:5). Will you agree to become lowly? Will you let the Lord work through you?

Prayer:  Father, may I be lowly in the world's eyes and great in Your eyes.

Promise:  "Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!" —Eph 1:3

Praise:  Alleluia! The tomb is empty. The stone is rolled away. Jesus is risen and will raise us from the dead!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, November 12, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 1996