The readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B are a call to spread the gospel in our communities. In the first reading Amos explains that he is a prophet because that is what God told him to do, not to benefit for himself. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples out in pairs to preach and heal.
This selection from scripture could lead to a discussion of evangelization and the importance of not walking alone. Here are some ideas:
Daily Mass Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
- First Reading – Amos 7:12-15: “The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 85: “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”
- Second Reading – Ephesians 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”
- Gospel – Mark 6:7-13: “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts.”
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Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.Psalm 85:8
Psalm 85 reminds us that the Lord is so good to us. He provides enough for the whole world. He looks on us with kindness but also with truth. He sees the reality of our fallen world and calls us to walk with Him. So we must not only reflect His mercy but also his justice.
For a prayer inspired by Psalm 85, see the Prayer to the God of Peace and Justice.
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