On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 14, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Sin! If even the word sin bothers you then you must ask yourself why? Are there areas in my life for which I need correction? Have I been caustic in my words? Have I hurt even derided others by them. Have I been uncharitable in my words and deeds? Have lingered on evil thoughts? Plotting against someone in my mind? Have I entertained unclean thoughts? Have I allowed myself to be desensitised to all that is sinful? Have I failed to help when it was most needed? Have I not made time especially this Lenten period to draw closer to God our Father who loves me? 

We all have to pay for the consequences of our sins sooner our later even though we may not see the consequences as such.  Whether or not we do the Lord our God wants to liberate us from the effects of sin. To take the heavy burden of our guilt away so that we may be free to live the life we are meant to live in Him. A contrite heart and spirit He will not spurn. What He wants is a loving relationship with us.

Lord Jesus I surrender my all to You, my heart, my head, my body, my spirit. Consecrate them so that I may love and serve You according to Your Will always. Amen

First reading
Hosea 5:15-6:6

The Lord says this:
They will search for me in their misery.
‘Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us;
he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds;
after a day or two he will bring us back to life,
on the third day he will raise us
and we shall live in his presence.
Let us set ourselves to know the Lord;
that he will come is as certain as the dawn
his judgement will rise like the light,
he will come to us as showers come,
like spring rains watering the earth.’
What am I to do with you, Ephraim?
What am I to do with you, Judah?
This love of yours is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that quickly disappears.
This is why I have torn them to pieces by the prophets,
why I slaughtered them with the words from my mouth,
since what I want is love, not sacrifice;
knowledge of God, not holocausts.

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else: ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

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