On Today’s Gospel Gospel

Posted: December 10, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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O what a joyous and wonderful thing it is to know from deep within our souls. That we belong to an ever living, God of love and mercy. Our Heavenly Father who loves His children deeply and abundantly.

And through that very love of God, Jesus His Son; our Lord and Saviour came to and for us. That through Him, we who are least in the kingdom of heaven have an opportunity to partake in the heavenly inheritance we have graciously been given.

Lord Jesus like Saint John the Baptist I too want to serve You with zeal. Let me be bold as He was in proclaiming Your coming. Grant that through You I may touch the lives of those around me and prepare their hearts to receive You. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 41:13-20

I, the Lord, your God,
I am holding you by the right hand;
I tell you, ‘Do not be afraid,
I will help you.’

Do not be afraid, Jacob, poor worm, Israel, puny mite.’

I will help you – it is the Lord who speaks – the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer.

See, I turn you into a threshing-sled, new, with doubled teeth; you shall thresh and crush the mountains, and turn the hills to chaff.

You shall winnow them and the wind will blow them away,
the gale will scatter them.

But you yourself will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The poor and needy ask for water, and there is none,
their tongue is parched with thirst.

I, the Lord, will answer them,
I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.

I will make rivers well up on barren heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; turn the wilderness into a lake,
and dry ground into waterspring.

In the wilderness I will put cedar trees, acacias, myrtles, olives.

In the desert I will plant juniper, plane tree and cypress side by side; so that men may see and know, may all observe and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Gospel
Matthew 11:11-15

Jesus spoke to the crowds: ‘I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. Since John the Baptist came, up to this present time, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence and the violent are taking it by storm. Because it was towards John that all the prophecies of the prophets and of the Law were leading; and he, if you will believe me, is the Elijah who was to return. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!’

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