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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: June 22, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are there false prophets amongst us? Those who preach a different Jesus?different spirit? Surely no… Unfortunately such folks do exist. For as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. For their focus are on persons not the Lord our God.

As Jesus said, you will know the tree by its fruits. Do we want to embrace changes which leads us further away from the Lord? Done in the name of efficiency and effectiveness? Or should we instead embrace changes that lead us closer to Him even if it is the narrow road we have to travel.

We should all pray as Jesus taught us, to put the Lord our God above all things, to be Holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy. To seek His Kingdom and His Will for us. To be nourished by Him so that we can carry out His Will with peace and joy. And for the humility and strength to be forgiving, merciful and loving as He the Lord our God is.

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen

First reading
2 Corinthians 11:1-11

I only wish you were able to tolerate a little foolishness from me. But of course: you are tolerant towards me. You see, the jealousy that I feel for you is God’s own jealousy: I arranged for you to marry Christ so that I might give you away as a chaste virgin to this one husband. But the serpent, with his cunning, seduced Eve, and I am afraid that in the same way your ideas may get corrupted and turned away from simple devotion to Christ. Because any new-comer has only to proclaim a new Jesus, different from the one that we preached, or you have only to receive a new spirit, different from the one you have already received, or a new gospel, different from the one you have already accepted– and you welcome it with open arms. As far as I can tell, these arch-apostles have nothing more than I have. I may not be a polished speechmaker, but as for knowledge, that is a different matter; surely we have made this plain, speaking on every subject in front of all of you.
Or was I wrong, lowering myself so as to lift you high, by preaching the gospel of God to you and taking no fee for it? I was robbing other churches, living on them so that I could serve you. When I was with you and ran out of money, I was no burden to anyone; the brothers who came from Macedonia provided me with everything I wanted. I was very careful, and I always shall be, not to be a burden to you in any way, and by Christ’s truth in me, this cause of boasting will never be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. Would I do that if I did not love you? God knows I do.

Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’