On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: February 23, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Yes the Lord our God is merciful, patient loving and kind. But we are fools if we take Him for granted. For just as powerfully as He loves, so does He detest sin in all its forms.

If you truly love the Lord your God then you’re soul will yearn to be reconciled to Him. It will not be patient for it cannot bear to offend the source of life. Be reconciled and be grateful.

For just as our Lord is compassionate, so too must we be compassionate to one another. Especially to those who honour and serve Him. Let us continue to strive for Holiness and lead one another towards Holiness of life in Him.

Jesus salt and light of the World, grant me the grace to follow You. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 5:1-10

Do not give your heart to your money, or say, ‘With this I am self-sufficient.’ Do not be led by your appetites and energy
to follow the passions of your heart. And do not say, ‘Who has authority over me?’
for the Lord will certainly be avenged on you.
Do not say, ‘I sinned, and what happened to me?’ for the Lord’s forbearance is long.
Do not be so sure of forgiveness that you add sin to sin. And do not say, ‘His compassion is great, he will forgive me my many sins’;
for with him are both mercy and wrath, and his rage bears heavy on sinners. Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off day after day; for suddenly the Lord’s wrath will blaze out, and at the time of vengeance you will be utterly destroyed. Do not set your heart on ill-gotten gains, they will be of no use to you on the day of disaster.

Mark 9:41-50

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.
‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is a good thing, but if salt has become insipid, how can you season it again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.’

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