Archive for August 31, 2017

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 31, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are all on our pilgrim journey back to the heavenly fold. And no one should be on this journey alone.

In His wisdom and great love, our Lord commanded that we should love one another. Indicating that we should support and help one another through this arduous journey riddled with trials and challenges. To remind one another to stay alert and to be wary of the lion that prowls the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

Let us hold steadfast, awake then my dear sisters and brothers; in prayer and fellowship. Constantly renewing ourselves through the graces received through the Holy sacraments made available to us by the grace of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. As we wait in joyful hope of His return. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13

Brothers, your faith has been a great comfort to us in the middle of our own troubles and sorrows; now we can breathe again, as you are still holding firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel before our God on your account? We are earnestly praying night and day to be able to see you face to face again and make up any shortcomings in your faith.
May God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, make it easy for us to come to you. May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.

Matthew 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
‘What sort of servant, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the dishonest servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time,” and sets about beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’