Archive for November 23, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: November 23, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Deep down we must ask ourselves what is the source of our faith? What sort of relationship do I have with Jesus if any? How much time do I spend speaking with Him and listening to Him in prayer? How often do I speak about Him to others?

If we continue to do nothing or the bare minimum then we will reap what we sow. We will not have an answer when put in a spot. We will not be able to speak volumes of Jesus whom we do not truly know, at best He is a mere acquaintance. We will be swept away by the empty promises of the world where despair and hopelessness lies waiting.

Jesus You are the Lord of my life. Let Your words be mine spoken. My deeds guided by You alone. Amen

First reading
Apocalypse 15:1-4

What I, John, saw in heaven was a great and wonderful sign: seven angels were bringing the seven plagues that are the last of all, because they exhaust the anger of God. I seemed to see a glass lake suffused with fire, and standing by the lake of glass, those who had fought against the beast and won, and against his statue and the number which is his name. They all had harps from God, and they were singing the hymn of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb:

‘How great and wonderful are all your works,
Lord God Almighty;
just and true are all your ways,
King of nations.
Who would not revere and praise your name, O Lord?
You alone are holy,
and all the pagans will come and adore you
for the many acts of justice you have shown.’

Luke 21:12-19

Jesus said: Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name– and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’