On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 3, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We have received many gifts and strengths from our heavenly Father.  But are we using them to build His Kingdom? Are we using them for His people? Are we listening for His Will for us? Or are we using our gifts and talents for our own selfish ends?  Surely we are striving for holiness and helping one another on our pilgrim journey.

With hearts in union with Him we respond to the call to communion with Him and to one another.  Sadly there are many who have turned away due to a lack of an encounter with Jesus. Their hearts and minds too full of worldly gains and concerns. Then there are those who come to partake in the Eucharistic Celebration but leave empty as they came. For their hearts and minds were elsewhere.

O Lord my God in Your great mercy and love, You invite us all sinners and saints to Your heavenly banquet. You seek to open our hearts, minds and eyes to behold You in loving embrace. Thank You Lord for Your patience and love. Help us as we embark to bring others home to You. Amen

First reading
Romans 12:5-16

All of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.
  Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.
  Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.

Gospel
Luke 14:15-24

One of those gathered round the table said to him, ‘Happy the man who will be at the feast in the kingdom of God!’ But he said to him, ‘There was a man who gave a great banquet, and he invited a large number of people. When the time for the banquet came, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, “Come along: everything is ready now.” But all alike started to make excuses. The first said, “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies.” Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies.” Yet another said, “I have just got married and so am unable to come.”
  ‘The servant returned and reported this to his master. Then the householder, in a rage, said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” “Sir” said the servant “your orders have been carried out and there is still room.” Then the master said to his servant, “Go to the open roads and the hedgerows and force people to come in to make sure my house is full; because, I tell you, not one of those who were invited shall have a taste of my banquet.”’

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