On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: June 15, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Let us ask ourselves today what prevents us from encountering our Lord in a deep personal way? Why is it for some there is little or any growth in faith?

Are we intellectually blocking ourselves from experience the graces when our hearts are connected?

Are we just going through the motions of a Eucharistic or personal daily prayer life, instead of spending quiet time with the Lord? Pondering and reflecting on His Word?

Is our faith a personal one or one that has community in mind? Have you performed corporal and spiritual acts of mercy?

Is there unforgiveness in our hearts? Unforgiveness can come in various forms, are we refusing to acknowledge and lift it up to the Lord?

We need to seek the light of His face which shines upon us. For His light shines through the darkest soul and dispels the dark; it illumines hearts and minds. Turn to Jesus and His Spirit will set you free. Amen

First reading
2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1,3-6

Even today, whenever Moses is read, the veil is over their minds. It will not be removed until they turn to the Lord. Now this Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.
Since we have by an act of mercy been entrusted with this work of administration, there is no weakening on our part. If our gospel does not penetrate the veil, then the veil is on those who are not on the way to salvation; the unbelievers whose minds the god of this world has blinded, to stop them seeing the light shed by the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For it is not ourselves that we are preaching, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. It is the same God that said, ‘Let there be light shining out of darkness’, who has shone in our minds to radiate the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, the glory on the face of Christ.

Gospel
Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’

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