On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 7, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


In the beautitudes given by our dearest Lord, we can hear both the underlying and overlying call of the novum mandatum; the new commandment, to love one another as He loves us. But always first to love our God, our heavenly Father with all our heart, all our mind, all our strength and with all our soul.

We must ensure that we should never love our family, friends or anything in this world in such a way they become idols for us. This will separate us from the deep experience of remaining in God’s love. This will prevent us from serving the least of our brethren as we are all called to do. We should hate and prevent it from ever happening.

Lord Jesus let me die in Your arms. So that I may rise to new life in You now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 7:25-31

About remaining celibate, I have no directions from the Lord but give my own opinion as one who, by the Lord’s mercy, has stayed faithful. Well then, I believe that in these present times of stress this is right: that it is good for a man to stay as he is. If you are tied to a wife, do not look for freedom; if you are free of a wife, then do not look for one. But if you marry, it is no sin, and it is not a sin for a young girl to get married. They will have their troubles, though, in their married life, and I should like to spare you that.
Brothers, this is what I mean: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel
Luke 6:20-26

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.

‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

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