Here are some of the themes that surface in the readings for this 15th Sunday of the Year.
1st Reading – Amos 7:12-15
- Amos is rejected by Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, to be a prophet far away in the land of Judah.
- Amos admits that he was a shepherd; it was God who called him to prophesy to the people of Israel.
Psalm – 85:9-14
- “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”
- God is the source of blessings and graces…and we will hear what God proclaims.
2nd Reading – Ephesians 1:3-14
- This hymn of praise gives glory to Christ, the source of our redemption.
- We have been chosen by the Lord to hear his word of truth, the gospel of salvation.
Gospel – Mark 5:7-13
- Jesus summons the Twelve apostles and sends them out two by two with a sense of urgency and trust.
- They are empowered to continue his earthly ministry: preaching repentance, driving out demons, and curing the sick.