On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Do we Christians see ourselves belonging to an exclusive club? Are we the only ones who will be saved? Is saying I believe in Jesus alone sufficient?

A true disciple of Jesus is one that leads others to the knowledge of Christ, into His loving embrace through the sacraments and then into discipleship. We are beacons for the Lord our God, drawing all who have lost their way back to Him.

It is by a lived faith, in other words by our actions that testify to God’s presence and love in our lives and in the lives of others. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 56:1-3,6-8

Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.
Blessed is the man who does this and the son of man who clings to it: observing the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeping his hand from every evil deed.
Let no foreigner who has attached himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.’ Let no eunuch say, ‘And I, I am a dried-up tree.’
Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants– all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant– these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
It is the Lord who speaks, who gathers the outcasts of Israel: there are others will gather besides those already gathered.

Gospel
John 5:33-36

Jesus said to the Jews:

‘You sent messengers to John,
and he gave his testimony to the truth: not that I depend on human testimony; no, it is for your salvation that I speak of this.
John was a lamp alight and shining and for a time you were content to enjoy the light that he gave.
But my testimony is greater than John’s: the works my Father has given me to carry out, these same works of mine testify that the Father has sent me.’

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