Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, 15th July 2018

‘Before the world was made, he chose us’

This Sunday we are drawn to reflect on choices. Before the beginning of all things, God chose us in Christ to be part of the unfolding of his blessing of creation and humanity.

In the First Reading, Amos the shepherd tells of how he was not from any of the ‘brotherhood of prophets’, yet it was he who was chosen to move beyond tending trees and sheep to tending the people of Israel.

The Psalm is a song of God’s rich blessings. It trusts in the love and tenderness of God to bring forth faithfulness, justice and peace.

The Second Reading is taken from the start of the letter to the Ephesians. It is a poetic call for the Christian community to bless God, the source of all blessings. Christ is the head and the heart of the community. We are chosen in Christ! We are alive within and through Christ. It is Christ who unites us to each other and to all of creation.

It is through being blessed in this knowledge that we can set out into the world to spread the Good News. In the Gospel, Jesus sends out the twelve he has chosen, to proclaim his message, respond to the needs of the people, and to offer his healing. He instructs the disciples to take next to nothing for their journey.

As we each go out into the world this week, may the way that we live our lives be an act of praise. Let us remember that we are chosen, that we are not alone, and that we can draw strength from knowing we are one with each other, sisters and brothers in Christ. We may be rich or poor materially, but in Christ we have everything.

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