On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 2, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In the fast paced world that we live in, it is hard to fathom someone loving us without condition.  Simply loving us deeply for who we are in spite of our shortcomings, despite our failures. Someone who is ever constant in our lives, bringing peace  love and joy. And yet there He is, Jesus! Our Lord and ever faithful God.

How deep is our own love for Him? How hard are we really trying to remain faithful to Him and His commandments to love? How generous have we been in sharing the Good News of His great love with others? How careful and loving have we been in communicating His truths, through our words to our brethren?

O Heavenly Father, forgive me for my many shortcomings. I do truly love You and want to remain faithful and fruitful. Bless me Father, that I may glorify You in word and deed. Amen

First reading
2 Timothy 2:8-15

Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen, so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.

  Here is a saying that you can rely on:

If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.

If we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.

If we disown him, then he will disown us.

We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful, for he cannot disown his own self.

Remind them of this; and tell them in the name of God that there is to be no wrangling about words: all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening. Do all you can to present yourself in front of God as a man who has come through his trials, and a man who has no cause to be ashamed of his life’s work and has kept a straight course with the message of the truth.

Gospel
Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.

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