On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We have an all powerful, almighty living God. Who is loving and merciful. Whose glory can be seen from age to age everywhere and in all creation. Jesus came to lift the burden of sin from us so that we may live in His love and joy. Who taught and led by example on how to be a servant leader. One which brings glory to God our Heavenly Father by our love and actions; for Him and our brethren.

Let us not serve for personal glory, want of power and honour. Let us will the good of our brothers and sisters and not lay burdens on them. Let our focus only be on building the Heavenly Kingdom for the glory of God our Father. And we shall be lifted up to be with Him forever as He promised. Amen

First reading
Ezekiel 43:1-7

The angel took me to the gate, the one facing east. I saw the glory of the God of Israel approaching from the east. A sound came with it, like the sound of the ocean, and the earth shone with his glory. This vision was like the one I had seen when I had come for the destruction of the city, and like the one I had seen on the bank of the river Chebar. Then I prostrated myself.

The glory of the Lord arrived at the Temple by the east gate. The spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; I saw the glory of the Lord fill the Temple. And I heard someone speaking to me from the Temple while the man stood beside me. The voice said, ‘Son of man, this is the dais of my throne, the step on which I rest my feet. I shall live here among the sons of Israel for ever.’

Gospel
Matthew 23:1-12

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.

‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’

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