On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 28, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When we live for ourselves we end up becoming selfish even worldly. Some become complacent and indifferent to others. While others seek enjoyment and personal gratification.  The light of Christ in us is dimmed and eventually will be snuffed out.

But when we choose to live for the Lord and for others our light shines ever so brightly.  For the more we give of ourselves away the more we receive from our Lord. His love, peace and joy comes to us in abundance. The more of it we share and give away, the more in comes back to us.

Let us pray…..

Indeed, how good is the LORD, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.

Lord Jesus, serving You and my brethren comes with sacrifice and the carrying of my cross, but I gladly do it over and over. For it allows me to bask in Your love, peace and joy. Now and forever. Amen

St Augustine pray for us…

First reading
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.
  What God wants is for you all to be holy. He wants you to keep away from fornication, and each one of you to know how to use the body that belongs to him in a way that is holy and honourable, not giving way to selfish lust like the pagans who do not know God. He wants nobody at all ever to sin by taking advantage of a brother in these matters; the Lord always punishes sins of that sort, as we told you before and assured you. We have been called by God to be holy, not to be immoral; in other words, anyone who objects is not objecting to a human authority, but to God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Gospel Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’

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