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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The apostles have experienced their first test of the toil of the proclamation of the Kingdom of God revealed by Jesus Christ, their Master. Following His instructions, they started to perform great things which they didn’t expect to do, such as: curing of the people, expelling the evil spirits and proclaiming the word of God, convincing many people to believe in Christ. This way, on their own example, they could persuade themselves about the divine authority and power of Jesus. Now, after their effort they could take a rest, although “the people still were coming and going in great numbers” to Jesus, and wanted to listen to Him. This is how in the words of the prophet of Jeremiah are fulfilled, who in the name of God, the Yahweh announced a degradation of all inefficacious pastors of Israel, who neglected their sheep, causing their dispersion in the world, and in their place is instituting the more efficacious shepherds, who would gather the remnant of Israel from the whole the world. It would happen upon the leadership of the “shoot of David” who will reign as a king introducing the justice and righteousness. Then the people shall be saved in the arms of God because through Him it will be accomplished, the justice of God. The prophesy clearly points to Jesus who has power to redeem his people and to transmit this power to his disciples who continue his work of salvation in the Church. His work of salvation will be sealed on the cross through which everyone receives the peace of God in their hearts. St. Paul explains to the Ephesians what this work of salvation is about: “In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both (Israel and pagans) one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity (…); that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body (of his Church), through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it”. That way everyone in the Church of Jesus Christ has access to the Father. We know how important the role of the priest plays in the Church, because in the Holy Spirit they continue Jesus’ works of salvation.