13th Week in Ordinary Time

Monday, 27 June St John Southworth, Priest & Martyr

Amos 2:6-10. 13-16 They trample on the heads of ordinary people.

We begin to hear from the Prophet Amos. Amos rages against the rich and the elite for their social injustices against the most vulnerable

Matthew 8:18-22 Follow me

The text stresses the extraordinary importance of the call to discipleship; a call to radical service of the Kingdom

Tuesday, 28 June St Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 The Lord speaks: who can refuse to prophesy?

Israel has no excuse. It should know better. Similarly, from those of us who have the benefit of knowing Christ, much more will be expected.

Matthew 8:23-27 He stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again

An immediate test of discipleship and demonstration that the one whom the disciple follows possesses even the power of the Creator.

Wednesday, 29 June SS PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES

Acts 12:1-11 Now I know the Lord really did save me from Herod

Luke’s telling of Peter’s liberation echoes both God’s leading the Israelites out from slavery in Egypt and the death and resurrection of Jesus. Peter’s being set free points to our own being rescued from death, at the resurrection on the last day.

2 Timothy 4:6-8. 17-18 All there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me

The theme of being rescued is also present in this text. Paul has no doubt that the Lord will rescue him from every evil threat.

Matthew 16:13-19 You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven

This dialogue between Jesus and Peter marks the climax of the 1st half of Matthew’s Gospel. Peter makes the definitive declaration that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God; and Jesus declares Peter the foundation of the new messianic temple, the Church. Peter’s insight into the identity of Jesus is a gift, a revelation from the Father.

Thursday 30 June First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

Amos 7:10-17 Go prophesy to my people

Although this passage would have been better coming earlier in the Book, its bite is no less sharp. Though not an official prophet, still less a paid-one (like Amaziah), Amos will not let his subversive message be silenced – he was directly called by God, and that is his authority.

Matthew 9:1-8 They praised God for giving power to men

Jesus is revealed as the divine physician, bringing healing to body and soul, possessing the divine power to forgive sins.

Friday, 1 July Dedication of Westminster Cathedral

Amos 8:4-6. 9-12 I will bring a famine on the county…a famine of hearting the word of the Lord

The swindlers will have their comeuppance. 

Matthew 9:9-13 It is not the healthy who need a doctor

Jesus shares his life with those judged beyond the covenant of God. He is the original doctor of the field hospital that the Church must be.

Saturday 2 July

Amos 9:11-15 I mean to restore the fortunes of my captive people, and I will plant them in their own country

This passage was most likely added to the original when it was re-edited following the return from the Exile. After Amos’s hard-hitting warnings, a message of hope is given: there will be a restoration of God’s people. The Letter of St James, with reference to this text, sees the promise of restoration fulfilled in Christ.

Matthew 9:14-17 Surely the bridegroom’s attendants will never think of mourning as long as the bridegroom is still with them

Even John the Baptist’s disciples are not sure about the actions of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus gives an indication of his forthcoming passion.