On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 20, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Every Eucharist celebration we attend in our Church of which we hold so dear is one of thanksgiving. We gather to thank, praise and worship our Lord and God. To listen attentively to His Word and Will for us and then to receive Him into our very beings.

How many attend instead out of obligation? How many without joy in their hearts? How many are more concerned about catching up with their friends during mass? Talking when they should be praying and listening? How many are distracted and engrossed with their electronic devices? How many come late regularly and or leave early because of more pressing matters other than to be with God? Do they not realise they are robbing themselves and perhaps others of the Graces our Lord wants to bestow upon them?

Lord Jesus thank You for instituting the source and summit of our faith, the Holy Eucharist. Thank You for receiving us, just as we receive You; Your precious body, blood and divinity.  Amen

First reading
1 Maccabees 4:36-37,52-59

Judas and his brothers said, ‘Now that our enemies have been defeated, let us go up to purify the sanctuary and dedicate it.’ So they marshalled the whole army, and went up to Mount Zion.
  On the twenty-fifth of the ninth month, Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-eight, they rose at dawn and offered a lawful sacrifice on the new altar of holocausts which they had made. The altar was dedicated, to the sound of zithers, harps and cymbals, at the same time of year and on the same day on which the pagans had originally profaned it. The whole people fell prostrate in adoration, praising to the skies him who had made them so successful. For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar, joyfully offering holocausts, communion sacrifices and thanksgivings. They ornamented the front of the Temple with crowns and bosses of gold, repaired the gates and the storerooms and fitted them with doors. There was no end to the rejoicing among the people, and the reproach of the pagans was lifted from them. Judas, with his brothers and the whole assembly of Israel, made it a law that the days of the dedication of the altar should be celebrated yearly at the proper season, for eight days beginning on the twenty-fifth of the month Chislev, with rejoicing and gladness.

Gospel
Luke 19:45-48

Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. ‘According to scripture,’ he said ‘my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers’ den.’
  He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, with the support of the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they did not see how they could carry this out because the people as a whole hung on his words.

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