On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 12, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Had I the zeal of Elijah, everyday I would seek to reconcile the people with Lord their God. Instead I am but a broken being selfishly seeking my own comforts in the desires of the world. Have mercy on me Lord and transform me!

Heal my brokenness Lord, and forgive me. Help me bring Your love to those who still hold unforgiveness in their hearts. Set them free Lord from that bondage so that they may reconcile with those who have hurt them. Let your peace reign in our hearts as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. Amen

Christ be our light!

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4,9-12

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire,
  his word flaring like a torch.
It was he who brought famine on the people,
  and who decimated them in his zeal.
By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens,
  he also, three times, brought down fire.
How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!
  Has anyone reason to boast as you have?
Taken up in the whirlwind of fire,
  in a chariot with fiery horses;
designated in the prophecies of doom
  to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks,
to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children,
  and to restore the tribes of Jacob,
Happy shall they be who see you,
  and those who have fallen asleep in love.

Gospel
Matthew 17:10-13

As they came down from the mountain the disciples put this question to Jesus, ‘Why do the scribes say then that Elijah has to come first?’ ‘True;’ he replied ‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’ The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist.

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