On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 5, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We live in times where there is a preoccupation with evil, death and destruction. Countries seeking the ruin of others, movies and television capturing the fascinations of many with death, evil spirits, sex and vice.

How are we staying awake? To the goodness and love of our Lord Jesus Christ? Apart from a personal prayer life and relationship with Him we need to belong to a community centred on Him. So that we can support and encourage one another to draw closer to Him. All working together to glorify the Lord our God by serving Him and our brethren most in need.

Lord Jesus cast out from me all that is not of and from You. And docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit may I serve You faithfully now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6,9-11

You will not be expecting us to write anything to you, brothers, about ‘times and seasons’, since you know very well that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it.
But it is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober. God never meant us to experience the Retribution, but to win salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that, alive or dead, we should still live united to him. So give encouragement to each other, and keep strengthening one another, as you do already.

Gospel
Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

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