On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 3, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Truly today many Christians are confused as they want to grow deeper in their faith. It was not so for the first 1500 years or so where we were all united through one baptism, one faith, one holy communion. The prayer of Jesus, the Church and the sacraments He established to keep us united in Him were ignored. Man decided that the mysteries of God our Father revealed through Jesus His Son could easily be simplified and explained and everything else does not matter.

However the crux of the matter lies at the heart of the commandments. You must love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself. That is to accept in humility His great love and Will for us. Including the Church established through Christ His Son who promised that the gates of hell will not overcome it. And to this very day keeps the remembrance of the new and everlasting covenant made for us, as integral to the daily life of the Church.

Only then can we truly love our neighbour as we are called to do, with the very same love for which Christ our Lord laid down for us. Amen

First reading
Galatians 1:6-12

I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. I am only repeating what we told you before: if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned. So now whom am I trying to please– man, or God? Would you say it is men’s approval I am looking for? If I still wanted that, I should not be what I am– a servant of Christ.

The fact is, brothers, and I want you to realise this, the Good News I preached is not a human message that I was given by men, it is something I learnt only through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Gospel
Luke 10:25-37

There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? What do you read there?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus ‘do this and life is yours.’

But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said “and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands‘ hands?’ ‘The one who took pity on him’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’

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