On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 26, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What we often see with our eyes are strangers in the world. And so we go about our business in that very manner. Recognizing only those whom we know intimately and acknowledging them as friend or family. But what if we looked at everyone through the eyes of Christ? What will we see? Would it not be that everyone belonged to God our Heavenly Father, and we are His children?

We are hence called to love and treat one another as a beloved child of God. And we can only do so with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord which flows through us. For He dwells in us who live according to His Word, who seek first the Kingdom of the Lord our God.

I honour You O Heavenly Father by honouring my parents. I honour You O Heavenly Father as I love and bring my children up according to Your Will. I honour You O Heavenly by loving, caring for my sisters and brothers in Christ; especially for the least of my brethren. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour and obey the Holy Spirit sent to lead and guide me. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour Your Son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom I love deeply. Now and forever. Amen

What we often see with our eyes are strangers in the world. And so we go about our business in that very manner. Recognizing only those whom we know intimately and acknowledging them as friend or family. But what if we looked at everyone through the eyes of Christ? What will we see? Would it not be that everyone belonged to God our Heavenly Father, and we are His children?
We are hence called to love and treat one another as a beloved child of God. And we can only do so with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord which flows through us. For He dwells in us who live according to His Word, who seek first the Kingdom of the Lord our God.
I honour You O Heavenly Father by honouring my parents. I honour You O Heavenly Father as I love and bring my children up according to Your Will. I honour You O Heavenly by loving, caring for my sisters and brothers in Christ; especially for the least of my brethren.  I honour You O Heavenly as I honour and obey the Holy Spirit sent to lead and guide me. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour Your Son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom I love deeply. Now and forever. Amen
First reading

Ephesians 6:1-9
Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord – that is your duty. The commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and mother, and the promise is: and you will prosper and have a long life in the land. And parents, never drive your children to resentment but in bringing them up correct them and guide them as the Lord does.

Slaves, be obedient to the men who are called your masters in this world, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please men, but because you are slaves of Christ and wholeheartedly do the will of God. Work hard and willingly, but do it for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of men. You can be sure that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be properly rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, remembering that they and you have the same Master in heaven and he is not impressed by one person more than by another.
Gospel

Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”

‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

First reading
Ephesians 6:1-9

Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord – that is your duty. The commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and mother, and the promise is: and you will prosper and have a long life in the land. And parents, never drive your children to resentment but in bringing them up correct them and guide them as the Lord does.
Slaves, be obedient to the men who are called your masters in this world, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please men, but because you are slaves of Christ and wholeheartedly do the will of God. Work hard and willingly, but do it for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of men. You can be sure that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be properly rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, remembering that they and you have the same Master in heaven and he is not impressed by one person more than by another.

Gospel
Luke 13:22-30

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”
‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

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