On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 14, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What do we do with the gift of free Will? Do we do as we please? Do we live for ourselves alone? Do we Lord ourselves over others? How many use it to glorify God our Father? To praise, worship and give Him thanks for all He has done for us?

When we offer up our free Will to our Lord and God. He sanctifies and unites it with His. He opens our eyes to see the exquisite beauty of His creations. To touch, feel and experience the fullness of life lived in His love.

Jesus You are the Lord of Lords, King of kings! Come reign in my heart always. Amen

First reading
Numbers 24:2-7,15-17

Raising his eyes Balaam saw Israel, encamped by tribes; the spirit of God came on him and he declaimed his poem. He said:

‘The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes, the oracle of one who hears the word of God.

He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.

How fair are your tents, O Jacob!

How fair your dwellings, Israel!

Like valleys that stretch afar,
like gardens by the banks of a river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters!

A hero arises from their stock,
he reigns over countless peoples.

His king is greater than Agag,
his majesty is exalted.’
Then Balaam declaimed his poem again. He said:

‘The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes, the oracle of one who hears the word of God, of one who knows the knowledge of the Most High.

He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.

I see him – but not in the present,

I behold him – but not close at hand:

a star from Jacob takes the leadership, a sceptre arises from Israel.’

Gospel
Matthew 21:23-27

Jesus had gone into the Temple and was teaching, when the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him and said, ‘What authority have you for acting like this? And who gave you this authority?’ ‘And I’ replied Jesus ‘will ask you a question, only one; if you tell me the answer to it, I will then tell you my authority for acting like this. John’s baptism: where did it come from: heaven or man?’ And they argued it out this way among themselves, ‘If we say from heaven, he will retort, “Then why did you refuse to believe him?”; but if we say from man, we have the people to fear, for they all hold that John was a prophet.’ So their reply to Jesus was, ‘We do not know.’ And he retorted, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’

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