On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 16, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We can do nothing on our own to earn our way into eternal life with God our heavenly Father.  And so simply giving money, performing religious duties, attending retreats; whatever else without faith and love comes to naught.

Our faith comes from the Lord our God, and it is our response to the faith given freely which gives us hope. For God our heavenly Father created us and loves each and everyone one of us tenderly.  That is why He gave His only Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ so that we might be saved through Him. Again the greatest gift of love, given freely. And it is our response to Jesus which gives us life.

Thank You Abba for the gift of life and love. Thank You for Jesus my Lord of whom I serve with all my heart. Grant me the grace to remain steadfast in faith and in Your love. Amen

First reading
Romans 4:1-8

What shall we say about Abraham, the ancestor from whom we are all descended? If Abraham was justified as a reward for doing something, he would really have had something to boast about, though not in God’s sight because scripture says: Abraham put his faith in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him. If a man has work to show, his wages are not considered as a favour but as his due; but when a man has nothing to show except faith in the one who justifies sinners, then his faith is considered as justifying him. And David says the same: a man is happy if God considers him righteous, irrespective of good deeds:
Happy those whose crimes are forgiven,
whose sins are blotted out;
happy the man whom the Lord considers sinless.

Gospel
Luke 12:1-7

The people had gathered in their thousands so that they were treading on one another. And Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees – that is, their hypocrisy. Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops.
  ‘To you my friends I say: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.’

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