On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 15, 2015 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

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We have heard the ultimate cost of discipleship that is to take up our cross and follow our Lord.  Today we hear and reflect on some of the effects of being a servant leader, the ongoing struggle to avoid temptation so as to remain faithful; And our duty to raise a family obedient and in love with Jesus as we ourselves are.

Yes indeed it is truly difficult and for some it may every seem impossible yet it is momentous. And our Lord gives us the necessary Graces we need. The Holy Spirit too is always at hand to lead and guide us.

Apart from giving wholly of Himself to us and dying for us our Lord Jesus gave us yet another precious gift, His mother. And our blessed Mother continues to intercede for us. So that just as she did we too can utter these words to the Lord our God, “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.”

Let Your will be done. Amen

First reading
1 Timothy 3:1-13

Here is a saying that you can rely on: To want to be a presiding elder is to want to do a noble work. That is why the president must have an impeccable character. He must not have been married more than once, and he must be temperate, discreet and courteous, hospitable and a good teacher; not a heavy drinker, nor hot-tempered, but kind and peaceable. He must not be a lover of money. He must be a man who manages his own family well and brings his children up to obey him and be well-behaved: how can any man who does not understand how to manage his own family have responsibility for the church of God? He should not be a new convert, in case pride might turn his head and then he might be condemned as the devil was condemned. It is also necessary that people outside the Church should speak well of him, so that he never gets a bad reputation and falls into the devil’s trap.
  In the same way, deacons must be respectable men whose word can be trusted, moderate in the amount of wine they drink and with no squalid greed for money. They must be conscientious believers in the mystery of the faith. They are to be examined first, and only admitted to serve as deacons if there is nothing against them. In the same way, the women must be respectable, not gossips but sober and quite reliable. Deacons must not have been married more than once, and must be men who manage their children and families well. Those of them who carry out their duties well as deacons will earn a high standing for themselves and be rewarded with great assurance in their work for the faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel
John 19:25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

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