On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Stay awake to the word of the Lord, hear His call to holiness and prepare our hearts to receive Him. For all who do so can fall asleep in His love.

The spirit of Elijah lives on as it did in St John the Baptist. We are called to be that voice in the wilderness preparing the way of the Lord. Turning hearts back to Him, as we rejoice in the glory of our salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.

You are my way, truth and life. Jesus my Lord. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4,9-12

The prophet Elijah arose like a fire,his word flaring like a torch.
It was he who brought famine on the people,
and who decimated them in his zeal.
By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens,he also, three times, brought down fire.
How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!
Has anyone reason to boast as you have?
Taken up in the whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses; designated in the prophecies of doom to allay God’s wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob,
Happy shall they be who see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love.

Gospel
Matthew 17:10-13

As they came down from the mountain the disciples put this question to Jesus, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?’ ‘True;’ he replied ‘Elijah is to come to see that everything is once more as it should be; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of Man will suffer similarly at their hands.’ The disciples understood then that he had been speaking of John the Baptist.

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