On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 14, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is our role here on earth sisters and brothers? Are we here to seek perfection in others while we remain imperfect? Are we here to point out the glaring faults in others that our sharp eyes easily pick up? Are we to dish out heavy punishment and penance for others before we forgive them first before God does? Do we indeed complain, grumble about all that is going on in the church, world, workplace and home? Are we living in the Spirit?

Our Heavenly Father sees and knows everything. In His mercy and love,  His Son was sent so that we might be set free to love and live in His Spirit.  Our role is this, to love Him with all our heart, mind and soul. To Love one another as He loves us. We must strive each day to lead one another closer to our Heavenly inheritance.

Lord Jesus renew each day with Your love, cleanse me of my sins. That I may always serve You in humble servitude. Amen

First reading
Romans 2:1-11

No matter who you are, if you pass judgement you have no excuse. In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge. We know that God condemns that sort of behaviour impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God’s judgement? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realising that this goodness of God is meant to lead you to repentance? Your stubborn refusal to repent is only adding to the anger God will have towards you on that day of anger when his just judgements will be made known. He will repay each one as his works deserve. For those who sought renown and honour and immortality by always doing good there will be eternal life; for the unsubmissive who refused to take truth for their guide and took depravity instead, there will be anger and fury. Pain and suffering will come to every human being who employs himself in evil – Jews first, but Greeks as well; renown, honour and peace will come to everyone who does good – Jews first, but Greeks as well. God has no favourites.

Gospel
Luke 11:42-46

The Lord said to the Pharisees:
  ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!
  A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’
  ‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’

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