On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 13, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We live in a very secular world today where materialism and consumerism is at an all time high.  Self help gurus are aplenty but there is a price to pay for ‘self help’ for nothing in the world is free! Where is God? He doesn’t exist, he has been made up by weak minded folks. No! It’s by crafty men who use religion to control the minds and pockets of others. Others in desperation of some need resort to charms, trinkets, stones, objects of deities. But there are also those who are obsessed with only traditions, the ritual rites and their head knowledge of God with no real relationship with Him.

How do we know God exist? Because we Christians have encountered Him in a deep personal way.  We have experienced the abundant love of God our heavenly Father through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! We have constant joy and peace in our hearts which cannot be bought at any price. Yet it is given freely to us by our merciful, loving God. And because God dwells in our hearts, it is reflected on our faces, our words and our actions.

Lord I offer my all to You, use me according to Your Will. Amen

First reading
Romans 1:16-25

I am not ashamed of the Good News: it is the power of God saving all who have faith – Jews first, but Greeks as well – since this is what reveals the justice of God to us: it shows how faith leads to faith, or as scripture says: The upright man finds life through faith.
  The anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all the impiety and depravity of men who keep truth imprisoned in their wickedness. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them since God himself has made it plain. Ever since God created the world his everlasting power and deity – however invisible – have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made. That is why such people are without excuse: they knew God and yet refused to honour him as God or to thank him; instead, they made nonsense out of logic and their empty minds were darkened. The more they called themselves philosophers, the more stupid they grew, until they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for a worthless imitation, for the image of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds and reptiles. That is why God left them to their filthy enjoyments and the practices with which they dishonour their own bodies, since they have given up divine truth for a lie and have worshipped and served creatures instead of the creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen!

Gospel
Luke 11:37-41

Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at the table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘Oh, you Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and then indeed everything will be clean for you.’

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