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A mighty fortress is our God

A mighty fortress is our God! A sacred refuge is Your Name...Your Kingdom is unshakable! You have set us free! With You forever we will reign.

A mighty fortress is our God

Tuesday 7th July 2020
14th Week in Ordinary Time
Hos 8:4-7,11-13 ; Ps 114(113):3-4,5-6,7-8,9-10;
Mt 9:32-38 (Ps Wk II)

A “dumb demoniac” was brought to Jesus by his friends with the hope that Jesus would set the troubled man free. These neighbours, no doubt, took pity on this man who had a double impediment. He had not only lost his ability to speak, but was also greatly disturbed in mind and spirit. Whenever people approached Jesus with expectant faith, he set them free from whatever afflicted them — whether it be a disease of mind and body, a cripling burden of guilt and sin, a tormenting spirit or uncontrolable fear of harm.

The crowds looked with awe at the wonderful works which Jesus did, but the religious leaders attributed this same work to the power of the devil. They disbelieved because they refused to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Their idea of religion was too narrow and closed to accept Jesus as the Anointed One sent by the Father “to set the captives free” (Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 11:5). They were too set in their own ways to change and they were too proud to submit to Jesus. They held too rigidly to the observances of their ritual laws while neglecting the more important duties of love of God and love of neighbour. The people, as a result, were spiritually adrift and hungry for God. Jesus met their need and gave them new faith and hope in God’s saving help. The Lord grants freedom to all who turn to him with trust.

A mighty fortress is our God! A sacred refuge is Your Name...Your Kingdom is unshakable! You have set us free! With You forever we will reign.

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