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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 17, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do I lead others closer to God by my words, by my actions? Do I criticize, judge and condemn those who find it difficult to shun sin or vices as I readily do? Have I forgotten how difficult it was for me to change and turn away from sin myself? Have I forgotten how merciful my Lord and God was with me? Have I been just as merciful to others? Have I forgotten how my heavenly Father never gave up on me?  Have I given up on my brethren? Do I place upon them standards so high that they are discouraged? Do I place a heavier cross on them, to bear when it is not my place to do so?

Lord Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God! Let me serve You in the way I You would have me do.  Let me serve my brethren as I willingly serve You; with all my heart, all my strength and all my love! Let my service be selfless and for Your Glory alone. Amen.

FIRST READING
Isaiah 1:10, 16–20

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: March 17, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Most if not all of us have had a ‘living hell’ experience in that almost everything we did was wrong or not quite right. There was constant tension, anger and frustration. We were both anxious and fearful of everything and everyone. We tried to overcome this with an abusive temper, judgement and condemnation. And if we ever reflected and traced back the root cause we will find that it was sin and the growth of it. We had separated ourselves from God.

Jesus urges us today to live our lives worthy of God. If we choose to be judgemental, often condemning the actions of others then we box ourselves into that world. Be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful sounds unattainable, unless we remember that we are not alone in the endeavour. Jesus is with us every step of the way. We start out with the necessary Graces from God, and are in union with Him.

Thank you Lord for loving us and guiding us to lead full loving lives in You. Amen

FIRST READING
Daniel 9:4b–10

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.”