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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 10, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Why do some conjure up superstitious beliefs and customs? To worship God or an idea of God? Are not some practices idolatry? When we use complex methods to gain something or protection from something. When we classify everything as either lucky or unlucky. How can we share these with others?

To know God is to love Him and to love Him is to follow His commandments. Jesus shared two very simple uncomplicated commands, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ It is in union with these two great loves that we truly love. Love not simply of words or emotions but born out of sacrifice. Of selfless giving, heart, mind and soul put into action for the glory of God our Father.

Lord Jesus dwell in me so that I may live according to the Will of our heavenly Father. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 8:1b–7, 11–13

GOSPEL
Luke 6:27–38

Jesus said to his disciples:
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also 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.”