On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 28, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How is it when we see someone who seems bored or listless we might offer to do something with them to cheer them up? Or if someone is walking towards the direction of danger we will shout out to them to go in another direction?

But when we see a brother and sister experiencing spiritual dryness, very few will reassure them of the love of Christ or offer to pray with them. Or if they are heading in the direction of sinfulness, many would choose to remain silent and mind their own business.  How are we then a community of the Risen Lord?

Ours is not a faith of timidity and so we must be able to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and through Him we have everlasting life.  There is no need to insist that the truth be heard by those who refuse to listen. Let us instead be beacons for those who want and desire the light of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Jude 1:17,20-25

Remember, my dear friends, what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect. But you, my dear friends, must use your most holy faith as your foundation and build on that, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. When there are some who have doubts reassure them; when there are some to be saved from the fire, pull them out; but there are others to whom you must be kind with great caution, keeping your distance even from outside clothing which is contaminated by vice.

  Glory be to him who can keep you from falling and bring you safe to his glorious presence, innocent and happy. To God, the only God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord, be the glory, majesty, authority and power, which he had before time began, now and for ever. Amen

Gospel
Mark 11:27-33

Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem, and as Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, ‘What authority have you for acting like this? Or who gave you authority to do these things?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you a question, only one; answer me and I will tell you my authority for acting like this. John’s baptism: did it come from heaven, or from man? Answer me that.’ And they argued it out this way among themselves: ‘If we say from heaven, he will say, “Then why did you refuse to believe him?” But dare we say from man?’ – they had the people to fear, for everyone held that John was a real prophet. So their reply to Jesus was, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’

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