On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 24, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What good is our faith if it has no roots and thus bears no fruit? Whom do we worship? If we only pay lip service? How does our prayer transform lives if our hearts are not engaged? How does our love for God and our neighbour grow If we are not willing to sacrifice our time? Nor willing to endure a little hardship or suffering?

I am an important part of the body of Christ just as all parts are equally important. If I think that worship is a private thing, I live for myself and my family alone then I am not part of the body of Christ. To be the body of Christ is to be in, to live in and to live for the community. In prefect union with Him our Godhead, we lift Him up; our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ for all the world to see. So that they too may witness His glory, come into faith and be saved.

Lord grant us open hearts that You may fill with Your love always. Amen

FIRST READING
2 Thessalonians 1:1–5, 11–12

GOSPEL
Matthew 23:13–22

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’ Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.”

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