On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: February 27, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Have you praised, thanked and given glory to God our Father today? Every day? When was the last time? Was it by your own accord or in a group setting?

For we praise and worship Him not because we have to but because we desire and want to. Not simply by our lips but by our inner conversion and actions. And we would surely and truly want to because He liberates us from our sins when we turn to Him with contrite hearts. He pours out His mercy and grace upon us, so much so that we sing His praise and glory with joy in our hearts.

Do not seek wealth, riches and comforts. For all of these are shortlived. Seek first the Kingdom of the Lord our God. And you would have found the greatest treasure, nothing else matters.

Lord Jesus guide me, as I strive for Holiness in You. For all is possible with You. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 17:20-28

To those who repent, God permits return, and he encourages those who were losing hope. Return to the Lord and leave sin behind, plead before his face and lessen your offence.
Come back to the Most High and turn away from iniquity,
and hold in abhorrence all that is foul. Who will praise the Most High in Sheol, if the living do not do so by giving glory to him?
To the dead, as to those who do not exist, praise is unknown only those with life and health can praise the Lord.

How great is the mercy of the Lord, his pardon on all those who turn towards him!

Gospel
Mark 10:17-27

Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’

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