Archive for September 6, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 6, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Never forget the mercy and love the Lord Jesus had bestowed upon you. You who were groping in the darkness of sin. Starving for meaning to life? Thirsty for living water. 

You were restored and given new life in Him. Called to be saints, children of our Heavenly Father. And He called you by name to be part of that community of saints, so as to lead the way for all His children around the world. 

If you remember as you should, your own humble beginnings. Then you will not seek honour for yourself, power and glory. You will be available for your community and not a slave to routine. To be for them an instrument of God’s grace and healing touch.  And everything that you say and do will be to do God our Father’s will so as to glorify Him alone. 

Jesus my Lord, lead me your disciple always. Amen 

First reading
1 Corinthians 6:1-11

How dare one of your members take up a complaint against another in the law courts of the unjust instead of before the saints? As you know, it is the saints who are to ‘judge the world’; and if the world is to be judged by you, how can you be unfit to judge trifling cases? Since we are also to judge angels, it follows that we can judge matters of everyday life; but when you have had cases of that kind, the people you appointed to try them were not even respected in the Church. You should be ashamed: is there really not one reliable man among you to settle differences between brothers and so one brother brings a court case against another in front of unbelievers? It is bad enough for you to have lawsuits at all against one another: oughtn’t you to let yourselves be wronged, and let yourselves be cheated? But you are doing the wronging and the cheating, and to your own brothers.

You know perfectly well that people who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, catamites, sodomites, thieves, usurers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers will never inherit the kingdom of God. These are the sort of people some of you were once, but now you have been washed clean, and sanctified, and justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.

Luke 6:12-19

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. People tormented by unclean spirits were also cured, and everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all.