On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 19, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Choose life says the Lord….

He is waiting to receive you in His open arms. He wants to restore you, cleanse away the filth that you have collected over the years. To free you from the burdens of your sins. To fill your hearts with His joy and peace. All you need to do is turn away from sin and choose the path to Him.

For you who have chosen Him. To be His disciple, then you must hold fast to the faith in Your Lord Jesus Christ. For He stands with you in the daily struggle of battling evil and temptations. Continue to remain steadfast for you are a beacon for your brethren. Forgive always. Build upon the Word and strive to go deeper in faith and your relationship with the Lord Your God.

You who think yourself Holy and worthy, think again.  Do not let your hearts be hardened.  True knowledge of the Lord Your God comes first from Faith in Him, an ever growing relationship with Him and all His children. If you are not humble to see yourself as a child still young, still learning, still growing; and recognise the same in your brethren. Then you have lost your way. The mercy you hold back will be held back from you.

Jesus, my Lord I want to walk Your path.  Your truth and Your light. Lead me Lord, now and always. Amen

First reading
Ezekiel 18:21-28

Thus says the Lord:

  ‘If the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?

  ‘But if the upright man renounces his integrity, commits sin, copies the wicked man and practises every kind of filth, is he to live? All the integrity he has practised shall be forgotten from then on; but this is because he himself has broken faith and committed sin, and for this he shall die. But you object, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’

Gospel
Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

  ‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’

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