On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 30, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The gift of faith shows us the way to the heart of our Heavenly Father. Yet we deprive ourselves of the deep meaningful relationship we are meant to have with Him. By refusing to spend a little of what we have an abundance of and given to us; Time in prayer.

Instead our hearts and minds are preoccupied with the worries and ways of the World. In search of reprieve we turn to the entertainment the world offers. Slowly but surely we will have our own lives sucked out of us. Do we want to live as puppets enslaved by our sins? Let us always turn to our Lord Jesus Christ who will free us.

Life in the spirit is not one without challenges. However it is one filled with the grace of God. We are never alone for we dwell with and in the Lord. Peace and joy are ours to receive and to share with all we meet. So let us pray always, giving our Lord praise and thanks. Glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 2:10-16

The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says:Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him?But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.

In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

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