16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Mic 6:1–4, 6–8
Listen to what Yahweh said to me, “Stand up, let the mountains hear your claim, and the hills listen to your plea.”
Hear, O mountains, Yahweh’s complaint! Foundations of the earth, pay attention! For Yahweh has a case against his people, and will argue it with Israel.
“O my people, what have I done to you? In what way have I been a burden to you? Answer me. I brought you out of Egypt; I rescued you from the land of bondage; I sent Moses, Aaron and Miriam to lead you.
“What shall I bring when I come to Yahweh and bow down before God the most high? Shall I come with burnt offerings, with sacrifices of yearling calves? Will Yahweh be pleased with thousands of rams, with an overabundance of oil libations? Should I offer my firstborn for my sins, the fruit of my body for my wrongdoing?
“You have been told, O man, what is good and what Yahweh requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42
Some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” Jesus answered them, “An evil and unfaithful people want a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth.
“At the judgment, the people of Niniveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here there is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon.”
• Mark 6:30–34 After a mission, the disciples return and together with Jesus they withdraw from the crowds to rest.
• Jesus’ compassion extends from the people to his apostles and even to himself. Even in the important work of serving others, are we compassionate to ourselves by giving time for rest. Many get burnt out because they do not tap into the source of strength for all the service that we do.
• Keeping a balance between action and contemplation is essential to a healthy spiritual life. Check your spiritual equilibrium.
• Take time to rest. Include in your rest some prayer. Do not try to do too much.
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