On Today’s Gospel 

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


As we age how do we turn back the clock? How do we restore our diminishing strength and sight? Did we do enough to deepen our relationship with Jesus for ourselves and for our families? Are our relationships centred on Christ? Do we have hope for life eternal with God our Heavenly Father?

What good then is our wisdom and our wealth? Can we take them to our grave? What good is our name if our legacy does nothing to save souls in Jesus name? How truly ignorant and poor are we?

Lord Jesus whatever time I have left, let it all be for You and my brethren. Provide whatever is necessary for me to bring the many that are lost back to You. Amen

First reading
Ezekiel 28:1-10

The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, tell the ruler of Tyre, “The Lord says this:

Being swollen with pride, you have said: I am a god; I am sitting on the throne of God, surrounded by the seas.

Though you are a man and not a god, you consider yourself the equal of God.

You are wiser now than Danel; there is no sage as wise as you.
By your wisdom and your intelligence you have amassed great wealth; you have piles of gold and silver inside your treasure-houses.

Such is your skill in trading, your wealth has continued to increase,
and with this your heart has grown more arrogant.

And so, the Lord says this:

Since you consider yourself the equal of God, very well, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most barbarous of the nations.

They will draw sword against your fine wisdom, they will defile your glory; they will throw you down into the pit and you will die a violent death surrounded by the seas.

Are you still going to say: I am a god, when your murderers confront you?

No, you are a man and not a god in the clutches of your murderers!

You will die like the uncircumcised
at the hand of foreigners.

For I have spoken–it is the Lord who speaks.”’

Gospel
Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you solemnly, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.’ When the disciples heard this they were astonished. ‘Who can be saved, then?’ they said. Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he told them ‘this is impossible; for God everything is possible.’

Then Peter spoke. ‘What about us?’ he said to him ‘We have left everything and followed you. What are we to have, then?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you solemnly, when all is made new and the Son of Man sits on his throne of glory, you will yourselves sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of my name will be repaid a hundred times over, and also inherit eternal life.

‘Many who are first will be last, and the last, first.’

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