Archive for September 9, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 9, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We know this to be true that it is, it far easier to see the faults in others and with greater clarity. Our very own are few, obscure or at least we like to think so. Our ‘mission’ as we see it, is to correct the faults of all so that they might have a chance for a better life and afterlife. How far from the truth it is for us who are blind!

To see clearly our true mission, we need to be a people whose hearts are pining to do the will of God our Father of Whom we love dearly.

Day after day, night after night we spend time in prayer, deeply reflecting on His Word. Pondering over our daily words to others, our labour, our actions and inactions. Asking for Mercy when we have sinned against the One we love and praying for the grace to do better.

It is in this loving humility of wanting to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, that we not only know it but live out our mission. To bring the joy of the Gospel to everyone. That the light of Christ may shine upon them as it shines on and through us. Welcoming home our sisters and brothers. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-27

I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach it! If I had chosen this work myself, I might have been paid for it, but as I have not, it is a responsibility which has been put into my hands. Do you know what my reward is? It is this in my preaching, to be able to offer the Good News free, and not insist on the rights which the gospel gives me.
So though I am not a slave of any man I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could. For the weak I made myself weak. I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings.
All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither. That is how I run, intent on winning; that is how I fight, not beating the air. I treat my body hard and make it obey me, for, having been an announcer myself, I should not want to be disqualified.

Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told a parable to the disciples, ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.’