On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 22, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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A true leader is first a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. A man or woman after the heart of God our Father. One who knows to humbly look inwardly to correct shortcomings and to turn away from sins. Thereby leading those he or she is called to do likewise.  The Word of God is central in the lives of His people and must be proclaimed so that all will know of the love and mercy of the Lord our God.

Truly you will be able to distinguish them by their fruits. For their toil and sacrifice is for others. They are humble and outward looking always willing to befriend the sinner and outcast. They are to be found in the thick of the community and at opportune times in deep prayer. They lead others close to the heart of God, and those they lead are transformed. They in turn cannot wait to witness to the glory of the Lord.

Lord Jesus guide and least me so that I may always be a leader after Your own sacred heart.  An instrument to bring Your peace and love. Amen

First reading
2 Kings 22:8-13,23:1-3

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of the Lord.’’’ And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him as follows, ‘Your servants’ he said ‘have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of the Lord.’ Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book’; and Shaphan read it aloud in the king’s presence.

  On hearing the contents of the Book of the Law, the king tore his garments, and gave the following order to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s minister: ‘Go and consult the Lord, on behalf of me and the people, about the contents of this book that has been found. Great indeed must be the anger of the Lord blazing out against us because our ancestors did not obey what this book says by practising everything written in it.’

  The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned to him, and the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, priests, prophets and all the people, of high or low degree. In their hearing he read out everything that was said in the book of the covenant found in the Temple of the Lord. The king stood beside the pillar, and in the presence of the Lord he made a covenant to follow the Lord and keep his commandments and decrees and laws with all his heart and soul, in order to enforce the terms of the covenant as written in that book. All the people gave their allegiance to the covenant.

Gospel
Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.’

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