On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 5, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


By now you must have heard either through, scripture, preaching or teaching of the Church the importance of belonging to a community. Not just any community but a praying one centred on Christ Jesus our Lord.

While the Holy Spirit is definitely with us to teach and guide us to the truth, there are times however that due to our flawed human nature we either do not hear Him or think we do but do things which is contrary to His Will. Hence it is important to belong to a loving community living in Christ so that fraternal correction is possible. An elder from within the community may give spiritual direction or refer us to a priest when necessary. Belonging to a such a wonderful community gives a deeper sense of accountability not just to God alone but to one another. And when we come together and pray as one, we proclaim our unity with the Holy Trinity.

Lord bless our community and all communities centred on You. Help us to remain steadfast in prayer in Your love and mercy. Amen

Our Father…..

First reading
Galatians 2:1-2,7-14

It was not till fourteen years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. I went with Barnabas and took Titus with me. I went there as the result of a revelation, and privately I laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans; I did so for fear the course I was adopting or had already adopted would not be allowed. On the contrary, they recognised that I had been commissioned to preach the Good News to the uncircumcised just as Peter had been commissioned to preach it to the circumcised. The same person whose action had made Peter the apostle of the circumcised had given me a similar mission to the pagans. So, James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership: we were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised. The only thing they insisted on was that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious to do.
When Cephas came to Antioch, however, I opposed him to his face, since he was manifestly in the wrong. His custom had been to eat with the pagans, but after certain friends of James arrived he stopped doing this and kept away from them altogether for fear of the group that insisted on circumcision. The other Jews joined him in this pretence, and even Barnabas felt himself obliged to copy their behaviour.
When I saw they were not respecting the true meaning of the Good News, I said to Cephas in front of everyone, ‘In spite of being a Jew, you live like the pagans and not like the Jews, so you have no right to make the pagans copy Jewish ways.’

Gospel
Luke 11:1-4

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray:

“Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.”’

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