On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 30, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Whom can the Lord our God entrust to lead His people? Are you one of them?

Do you love Him and trust Him with all your heart, mind, strength and soul? Do you say yes to His call even if you are not comfortable
Or sure of your capabilities? Do you love the community which you serve? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead them closer to the Lord? Do you speak the truth always and act with integrity to glorify the Lord in all you say or do? Have you surrendered your life fully to the Lord knowing that in His great and faithful love for you, He will care for and embrace you all the days of your life? Are you willing to carry your cross and follow Him?

Lord Jesus You complete all that is lacking in me. I trust in You O Lord my God. Use me according to Your Will. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Let me remind you, brothers, how hard we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, that our treatment of you, since you became believers, has been impeccably right and fair. You can remember how we treated every one of you as a father treats his children, teaching you what was right, encouraging you and appealing to you to live a life worthy of God, who is calling you to share the glory of his kingdom. Another reason why we constantly thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.

Gospel
Matthew 23:27-32

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of corruption. In the same way you appear to people from the outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who build the sepulchres of the prophets and decorate the tombs of holy men, saying, “We would never have joined in shedding the blood of the prophets, had we lived in our fathers’ day.” So! Your own evidence tells against you! You are the sons of those who murdered the prophets! Very well then, finish off the work that your fathers began.’

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