On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 8, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


From dust you came, from dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Words we heard as Ashes was placed on our foreheads exactly a week ago on Ash Wednesday. Have we in obedience repented of our sins? Have we started to draw closer to the Lord our God?

One thing we do not have control over is how much time we have. So prayerfully you are not waiting to change, or saying I’ll do so tomorrow. What if tomorrow never comes for you? Those who are not repentant will be destroyed, this is not a threat it is a warning of something that will happen.

Jesus is the visible sign of God our Father’s redemptive love. And so let us turn to Him with contrite hearts. Let us go to Him with all our sins and weaknesses. He will liberate us and give us a new life in Him.

Glory and Praise to You our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Jonah 3:1-10

The word of the Lord was addressed a second time to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. The news reached the king of Nineveh, who rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. A proclamation was then promulgated throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his ministers, as follows: ‘Men and beasts, herds and flocks, are to taste nothing; they must not eat, they must not drink water. All are to put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil behaviour and the wicked things he has done. Who knows if God will not change his mind and relent, if he will not renounce his burning wrath, so that we do not perish?’ God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour, and God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

Gospel
Luke 11:29-32

The crowds got even bigger and Jesus addressed them, ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’

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