On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 11, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Why put your faith in religious disciplines but not your faith in Christ Jesus into action?

Many attend retreat after retreat, workshop after workshop, formation talk after formation talk, even daily Eucharist. How has it changed you to become a better disciple? How have you put into action what you have learnt? Because no one who has had their hearts and mind engaged can ever say that Jesus had not touched or transformed them. If they continue to say they are not ready or not able then they are not worthy of the gifts that Christ Jesus has bestowed upon them. For it is He who makes us ready and able! All we must do is say Yes Lord, let it be according to Your Will.

Lord Jesus cleanse me from within, fill me with Your grace. That I may serve You and my brethren faithfully always. Amen

First reading
Galatians 5:1-6

When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who tell you this: if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all. With all solemnity I repeat my warning: Everyone who accepts circumcision is obliged to keep the whole Law. But if you do look to the Law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace. Christians are told by the Spirit to look to faith for those rewards that righteousness hopes for, since in Christ Jesus whether you are circumcised or not makes no difference– what matters is faith that makes its power felt through love.

Luke 11:37-41

Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at the table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘Oh, you Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and then indeed everything will be clean for you.’

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