On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 26, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Many times in the past I had come to Your altar Lord, empty handed and silent. I responded to Your call for communion but my heart was full with everything else. I was neither faithful to Your Word nor obedient to Your command to share Your love with others. With a contrite heart I turned to You and You O Lord transformed me.

I respond now to Your call always with great fervor. Willing an eager to share Your love and the knowledge of You with anyone who would listen. I bring to Your altar sacrifices of love, forgiveness of others, time you had given me and the fruits of my labour in Your love. With my lips I sing Your praises and give You heartfelt thanks for everything.

With my whole being I declare, “Here I am Lord, I’ve come to do Your Will.” Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 35:2-15

A man multiplies offerings by keeping the Law;
he offers communion sacrifices by following the commandments.
By showing gratitude he makes an offering of fine flour,
by giving alms he offers a sacrifice of praise.
Withdraw from wickedness and the Lord will be pleased,
withdraw from injustice and you make atonement.
Do not appear empty-handed in the Lord’s presence;
for all these things are due under the commandment.
A virtuous man’s offering graces the altar,
and its savour rises before the Most High.
A virtuous man’s sacrifice is acceptable,
its memorial will not be forgotten.
Honour the Lord with generosity,
do not stint the first-fruits you bring.
Add a smiling face to all your gifts,
and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously as your means can afford;
for the Lord is a good rewarder,
he will reward you seven times over.
Offer him no bribe, he will not accept it,
do not put your faith in an unvirtuous sacrifice;
since the Lord is a judge
who is no respecter of personages.

Gospel
Mark 10:28-31

‘What about us?’ Peter asked Jesus. ‘We have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.
‘Many who are first will be last, and the last first.’

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