On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: November 17, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

As we prepare ourselves for the Solemnity of Christ the King this Sunday. So too does the readings herald the way, the truth and the life, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Jesus had unlocked the glorious mystery of God our Father’s plan for our salvation to be found in His living Word. For through His life, death and resurrection had purchased for us the rewards of eternal life.

And so do not allow the message of this good news fall on deaf ears. For the Lord our God is offering us a life of peace and joy to be found only in His mercy and love. We forfeit this if we continue to live according to our own will alone. Amen

First reading
Apocalypse 5:1-10

I, John, saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne there was a scroll that had writing on back and front and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a powerful angel who called with a loud voice, ‘Is there anyone worthy to open the scroll and break the seals of it?’ But there was no one, in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, who was able to open the scroll and read it. I wept bitterly because there was nobody fit to open the scroll and read it, but one of the elders said to me, ‘There is no need to cry: the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed, and he will open the scroll and the seven seals of it.’
Then I saw, standing between the throne with its four animals and the circle of the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been sacrificed; it had seven horns, and it had seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits God has sent out all over the world. The Lamb came forward to take the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne, and when he took it, the four animals prostrated themselves before him and with them the twenty-four elders; each one of them was holding a harp and had a golden bowl full of incense made of the prayers of the saints. They sang a new hymn:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break the seals of it,
because you were sacrificed, and with your blood you bought men for God of every race, language, people and nation and made them a line of kings and priests, to serve our God and to rule the world.’

Gospel
Luke 19:41-44

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city he shed tears over it and said, ‘If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes! Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side; they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave not one stone standing on another within you– and all because you did not recognise your opportunity when God offered it!’

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