On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 11, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Why do many still persists in justifying their actions or inactions before God? Making excuses for not loving neighbour or for having no time for community? For not knowing enough about their faith to share the love of Jesus with someone?

Then when someone tries to share the faith gently with them they get annoyed, angry or find fault with them. Likewise when perhaps a family member speaks strongly about turning away from sin, again the attitude is one of disdain towards them.

Our Lord wants for us to live a rich and fruitful life. It is His great love for us that He gives us His commandments and His Word. So that by living by them we are living the life we are called to live; rich and fruitful in Him.  And it will continue when our time on earth ends. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 48:17-19

Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you,
I lead you in the way that you must go. If only you had been alert to my commandments,
your happiness would have been like a river, your integrity like the waves of the sea.

Your children would have been numbered like the sand,
your descendants as many as its grains.

Never would your name have been cut off or blotted out before me.

Gospel
Matthew 11:16-19

Jesus spoke to the crowds: ‘What description can I find for this generation? It is like children shouting to each other as they sit in the market place:

“We played the pipes for you,
and you wouldn’t dance;
we sang dirges, and you wouldn’t be mourners.”

‘For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He is possessed.” The Son of Man came, eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet wisdom has been proved right by her actions.’

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