On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 9, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Let us not remain comfortable with what we know, how we live our faith, how we generally love everyone, how we behave around others and how we often adopt a I ‘forgive’ but will not forget attitude towards those who hurt us or made us angry.

For to call ourselves Christian, is to carry our cross and follow Jesus. To constantly come out of our comfort zones, seek opportunities to grow deeper in our faith and in our relationship with the Lord our God. To face the challenges that will present itself and most of all love with great charity.

Just as we desire our heavenly Father to blot out all our offences and to purify our hearts and minds. So too must we forgive our brethren perfectly with a desire that their souls too may be saved and purified.

Dear sweet Jesus my Saviour, grant me the grace to love everyone with Your divine love. Amen

First reading
1 Kings 18:41-46

Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go back, eat and drink; for I hear the sound of rain.’ While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the earth, putting his face between his knees. ‘Now go up,’ he told his servant ‘and look out to the sea.’ He went up and looked. ‘There is nothing at all’ he said. ‘Go back seven times’ Elijah said. The seventh time, the servant said, ‘Now there is a cloud, small as a man’s hand, rising from the sea.’ Elijah said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’ And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel. The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and tucking up his cloak he ran in front of Ahab as far as the outskirts of Jezreel.

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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