On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 19, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Yes we have to work hard to feed ourselves and our family. But just as we need food to survive, so too do we need spiritual nourishment from God otherwise our souls together with the light within us will whither and die.

The world preachers the ‘need’ for ‘spiritual lifts /wants’. “Tired? Low in spirit? Anxiety setting in?, what you need is….” An expensive vacation, a pill, a luxurious spa, new bags, shoes, watch, gadgets and so on and so forth. And so we work harder to provide for our family and these wants. Which last very, very, very much shorter than the hours we put in to earn them.

Our Lord invites instead to tap into the source of life itself. Through Him all peace, love and joy flows. Our needs are little and met. And even though there may be many challenges, trials, pain and sorrow. We are able to not only bear them with joy but learn, grow and are purified through them.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord! Amen

First reading
2 Corinthians 11:18,21-30

So many others have been boasting of their worldly achievements, that I will boast myself. But if anyone wants some brazen speaking – I am still talking as a fool – then I can be as brazen as any of them, and about the same things. Hebrews, are they? So am I. Israelites? So am I. Descendants of Abraham? So am I. The servants of Christ? I must be mad to say this, but so am I, and more than they: more, because I have worked harder, I have been sent to prison more often, and whipped many times more, often almost to death. Five times I had the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews; three times I have been beaten with sticks; once I was stoned; three times I have been shipwrecked and once adrift in the open sea for a night and a day. Constantly travelling, I have been in danger from rivers and in danger from brigands, in danger from my own people and in danger from pagans; in danger in the towns, in danger in the open country, danger at sea and danger from so-called brothers. I have worked and laboured, often without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty and often starving; I have been in the cold without clothes. And, to leave out much more, there is my daily preoccupation: my anxiety for all the churches. When any man has had scruples, I have had scruples with him; when any man is made to fall, I am tortured.
If I am to boast, then let me boast of my own feebleness.

Gospel
Matthew 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworms destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
‘The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!’

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