On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 5, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


What are some of the reasons people give for misdeeds? I’m doing it for my family, so they will have a better life. If I don’t do it someone else will. Technically it’s not breaking the law, rules, it’s bending them a ‘little’. No one will get hurt. It’s a golden opportunity which will never come again. So we become rich for a while, what then? We are satisfied for a while, what then? We want more! And so we must do more!

What better life can there be other than to lead holy lives? To remain faithful in the service of God our Father and our brethren. To live the fullness of life only to be found in our relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. And all this is possible by refusing to give in to the ways of the world, to face challenges head on. To do only what is pleasing to God our Heavenly Father according to His Will for us. This is what it means to take up the cross and follow Jesus.

Jesus my Lord, lead the way. I am here to follow You. Amen

First reading
Nahum 2:1,3,3:1-3,6-7

See, over the mountains the messenger hurries!

‘Peace!’ he proclaims. Judah, celebrate your feasts, carry out your vows, for Belial will never pass through you again; he is utterly annihilated.

Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob and the vineyard of Israel.

For the plunderers had plundered them, they had broken off their branches. Woe to the city soaked in blood, full of lies, stuffed with booty, whose plunderings know no end!

The crack of the whip! The rumble of wheels! Galloping horse, jolting chariot, charging cavalry, flash of swords, gleam of spears…a mass of wounded, hosts of dead, countless corpses; they stumble over the dead.

I am going to pelt you with filth, shame you, make you a public show. And all who look on you will turn their backs on you and say,

‘Nineveh is a ruin.’ Could anyone pity her? Where can I find anyone to comfort her?

Gospel
Matthew 16:24-28

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?

‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour. I tell you solemnly, there are some of these standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.’

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