On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 12, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What are we doing for the poor, the less fortunate in society? What have we done for the lonely, the poor of spirit? In other words what corporal acts of mercy have we performed? What spiritual acts of mercy are we doing, have we reached out to those in need?

If not can we lay claim that we are led by the Holy Spirit? Or that the Lord dwell within us? For while we are freely given the gifts of the Holy Spirit it is not for us to keep for ourselves. We must give it to all in need. No one can call himself Christian unless he serves the Lord by serving others in thought, word and deed.

Lord Jesus, grant me the courage, strength and wisdom to best serve the least of my brethren. Amen

First reading
Galatians 5:18-25

If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.

Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.
Gospel
Luke 11:42-46

The Lord said to the Pharisees:
‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!
A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’
‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’

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