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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 23, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Having encountered the peace and love of Jesus, how can we not share His love with others? Bringing them to Him so they too can experience life with Him.

Those of us who are called to Him, will we not heed His call? To be in Communion with our Lord, is to be seated under the fig tree in prayer waiting for Him. He knows us, He sees us in prayer even before we encounter Him. And when we have encountered Him, Ah! Praise God! What great and wonderful things lie ahead for us indeed! Amen

(Feast Day of St Bartholomew)
GOSPEL
John 1:45–51

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 23, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How can we not love Him who loved us first?

Who loves when we are unlovable. Who would do everything to find us when we are lost. Who heals us. Who is always present to comfort us and help us through our darkest moments. Who counsels, guides and teaches us to live a full and fruitful life in and with Him. To share that very kind of love with one another.

Who nourishes us of Himself. Who laid down His life for us, so that we may live. Who has won for us eternal life.

How can we not love our one triune God? How can we not do as He Wills of us in, through and for the love of us all? Amen

GOSPEL
Matthew 22:34–40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”