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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Does the seat of Authority make the man? woman? Are the learned automatically great leaders? Are the physically strong for that matter?

If we preach humility are we humble ourselves? If we preach love, are we loving? If we preach compassion, are we compassionate? If we preach repentance, are we repentant? Do we practise what we preach?

Does an impatient priest lose his consecrated hands? No… Is he not part of the Church he serves? A congregation of sinners striving to lead a righteous life? Are we quick to judge our priests? Clergy? Lay apostolate?

Do we who are called to serve, seek vainglory? Are we true disciples of Christ? How has our Master led the way? Did He not wash the feet of His disciples? Did He come to be served? Or to serve?

Let us pray….

O Christ, you washed the feet of your disciples, though You are both Lord and Master. Strip us of the garments of pride and free us to do for one another the tasks of love, as You have done them for us. In Your name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reign, one God with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 23:1–12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do we start our day cursing under our breath? Do we scream at our children to pick up after themselves? or to behave? Do we raise our voices at our spouses for things they have done or did not do? Are we impatient with our aged parents or grand parents? Do we see only the faults in our bosses, colleagues, teachers, lecturers, priests? Do we spend the day with a grimace on our faces?

How many of us have been so blessed in our lives that we found ourselves saying,” Our cup runneth over!” Have we forgotten those times, God our Father had provided for and provided for us in abundance? Perhaps some of those times was because of our faithfulness and our obedience to His will for us; But what about the repercussions for our judgemental ways and actions towards others? Do we think that there will not be any? When we sometimes play judge, jury and executioner? Do we judge others because we think ourselves wiser, more righteous than God our Father?

Let us repeat this prayerful mantra till we embrace it into our very being….

“I will be loving, merciful, and compassionate as my heavenly Father is loving, merciful and compassionate!” Through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

GOSPEL Luke 6:36–38

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”