On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 12, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Listen to the voice of the Prophets!
Listen to the word of the Lord!
Listen to His call!
Why will you not listen? Why are you not listening now?

Our Lord the Prince of peace seeks to reign in our hearts. To reconcile all with one another and all to Himself.

I am listening Lord, let it be  done to me according to Your Word! O Blessed Mother, you seek to reconcile us to your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, continue to intercede for us. Pray for us O Holy Mother, that we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4,9-12

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch.

It was he who brought famine on the people, and who decimated them in his zeal.

By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens he also, three times, brought down fire.

How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah! Has anyone reason to boast as you have?

Taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses; designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob,

Happy shall they be who see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love.

Gospel
Matthew 17:10-13

As they came down from the mountain the disciples put this question to Jesus, ‘Why do the scribes say then that Elijah has to come first?’ ‘True;’ he replied ‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’ The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist.

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