On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 14, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We need the Word of God in our lives to guide us and lead us closer day by day to Him. For it is the source from which we draw life. Listening to the Word, receiving it into our hearts and thereafter doing the Lord’s will for us is what true communion is all about.

Without the Word of God, our lives are like a barren desert. Empty and desolate. It is a hunting ground for evil and we are its prey. Soon we be crushed, wither and die.

Let us remain steadfast and put the word of God first in our lives. And may our Blessed Mother Mary who is a model of obedience to the Word of God continue to intercede for us. Amen

First reading
Joel 4:12-21

The Lord says this:

‘Let the nations rouse themselves, let them march
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
for I am going to sit in judgement there on all the nations round.
Put the sickle in: the harvest is ripe; come and tread:
the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing, so great is their wickedness!’

Host on host in the Valley of Decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the Valley of Decision!

Sun and moon grow dark,
the stars lose their brilliance.
The Lord roars from Zion,
makes his voice heard from Jerusalem; heaven and earth tremble.

But the Lord will be a shelter for his people, a stronghold for the sons of Israel.

‘You will learn then that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain.
Jerusalem will be a holy place, no alien will ever pass through it again.’

When that day comes,
the mountains will run with new wine and the hills flow with milk, and all the river beds of Judas will run with water.
A fountain will spring from the house of the Lord to water the wadi of Acacias.
Egypt will become a desolation,
Edom a desert waste on account of the violence done to the sons of Judas whose innocent blood they shed in their country.
But Judah will be inhabited for ever, Jerusalem from age to age. ‘I will avenge their blood and let none go unpunished’, and the Lord shall make his home in Zion.

Luke 11:27-28

As Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, ‘Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!’ But he replied, ‘Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!’

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