On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 30, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Surely you have heard the call of the Lord to build His Kingdom? To lead your family and friends to the knowledge of Jesus so that they too might experience His mercy, peace and love. To open the eyes of the stranger to His glorious light so that all men, women and child have hope for a future with Him.

Or are your ears deafened by the loud cries of the world? Compelling you to accept the alternative lifestyle and ways and to be silent about your faith? To concern yourself with what you think is right, putting all others down? Do you seek the approval of men or the Lord Your God? Do you turn your back on the shepherds who have been entrusted to lead you? Do you see yourself as the best shepherd of all? Do you not then easily fall into sin?

Lord Jesus You are my Good Shepherd, lead and guide me always. That I in turn may lead Your flock according to Your Will. Amen

First reading
Romans 10:9-18

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
  But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ. Let me put the question: is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm, their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world.

Gospel
Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

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