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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 20, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

It is not the amount of time and effort we put into serving the Lord through His Church or serving His flock that makes us worthy of anything. It is the love for and the faith we have in the Lord our God who loves us dearly.

For if we think it is the former then we have lost sight on whom we serve. And might even seek recognition or honour for what we have to rightfully do to begin with. Nothing is hidden from our Lord and so if we have honoured Him with our lives we have nothing to fear when all is laid bare.

Let us love Him our Lord, our God; with all
our heart, mind, soul, strength. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Romans 4:1-8

What shall we say about Abraham, the ancestor from whom we are all descended? If Abraham was justified as a reward for doing something, he would really have had something to boast about, though not in God’s sight because scripture says: Abraham put his faith in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him. If a man has work to show, his wages are not considered as a favour but as his due; but when a man has nothing to show except faith in the one who justifies sinners, then his faith is considered as justifying him. And David says the same: a man is happy if God considers him righteous, irrespective of good deeds:

Happy those whose crimes are forgiven,
whose sins are blotted out;
happy the man whom the Lord considers sinless.

Luke 12:1-7

The people had gathered in their thousands so that they were treading on one another. And Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees– that is, their hypocrisy. Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops.
‘To you my friends I say: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.’