On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We children of God our Father and disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ are called to love and lead one another into the Heavenly Kingdom that awaits us. And if we have faith we can do mighty great deeds in Jesus’s name.

And the greatest deed of them all is reconciliation.  To reconcile and to be reconciled with God our Heavenly Father. To call for repentance and invite sinners to experience the love and mercy of God our Father through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Prayer is what deepens our faith, love and relationship with God. It unites us with Him and thereby unites us with one another.  Let us strive to be merciful as our Heavenly Father is merciful. Amen

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name…..

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-15

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch.

It was he who brought famine on the people, and who decimated them in his zeal.

By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens he also, three times, brought down fire.

How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!

  Has anyone reason to boast as you have? – rousing a corpse from death,
from Sheol by the word of the Most High; dragging kings down to destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds; hearing reproof on Sinai, and decrees of punishment on Horeb; anointing kings as avengers, and prophets to succeed you; taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses; designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob,

Happy shall they be who see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love; for we too will have life.

Elijah was shrouded in the whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with his spirit; throughout his life no ruler could shake him, and no one could subdue him.

No task was too hard for him,
and even in death his body prophesied.

In his lifetime he performed wonders, and in death his works were marvellous.

Gospel
Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’

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