On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 10, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


How have we received the prophets amongst us today? Do we receive them with skepticism? Disdain? Do we reject their call for reconciliation? Or do we think ourselves better than them? We know better, are better or we can do much better; but do nothing! Heed the call for repentance and be prepared to receive the Lord our God.

Are we ourselves prophets for others? Are we already going out to prepare the way for our Lord Jesus Christ, so that He might enter the hearts of those who await Him. For we are called to do great things in His name, if only we have faith!

Send me Lord, I stand ready. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4,9-12

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his word flaring like a torch. It was he who brought famine on the people,
and who decimated them in his zeal.
By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens, he also, three times, brought down fire.
How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah! Has anyone reason to boast as you have?
Taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses; designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children,
and to restore the tribes of Jacob, Happy shall they be who see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love.

Gospel
Matthew 17:10-13

As they came down from the mountain the disciples put this question to Jesus, ‘Why do the scribes say then that Elijah has to come first?’ ‘True;’ he replied ‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’ The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist.

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