Audio Readings July 20, 2014 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness. (Romans 8:26)

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16;Romans 8:26-27;Matthew 13:24-43

If you remember nothing else about St. Paul, remember this: he loved to talk about the Holy Spirit! For just one example, take a look at chapter eight of his Letter to the Romans, and you’ll see:

The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

The Spirit helps us fulfill the just requirements of the law. (8:4)

The Spirit gives us life and peace. (8:6)

God will raise us up from the dead by the Spirit. (8:11)

The Spirit helps us put to death the misdeeds of the body. (8:13)

The Spirit convinces us that we are children of God. (8:14)

The Spirit is the foretaste of our full redemption. (8:23)

Paul goes even further in today’s reading. He tells us that beyond all the points he has made so far, beyond the theology that he has outlined in this chapter, the Holy Spirit is also an intimate and compassionate friend. The Spirit knows you. He loves you. Because he is God, he knows better than anyone how to help you.

So always be encouraged when you feel at a loss or when difficulties come your way. Remember that the Spirit of God makes intercession for you. Remember that your heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of the Holy Spirit. And always keep this in mind: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:26-31).

“Thank you, Father, for the gift of your Holy Spirit. I welcome your Spirit into my life today. Help me to yield to his work in my heart.”~WAU





About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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