On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are we exclusive or are we inclusive with our circle of family and friends? What about the strangers amongst us? Do we prejudge people according to our own standards?

If our Lord Jesus Christ were to use our various standards of measuring people up, where would we ourselves be? For none of us is without sin. We therefore need to be merciful and loving as our Lord Jesus is towards us.
Only then can His light shine through us. Only then can we say we are His disciples.

Give me the courage Lord to be more accepting of those I am not comfortable with. To embrace them as fellow children of God. For we all need Your mercy and grace in our lives. To become who You want us to be. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 58:9-14
You will be like a spring whose waters never run dry

The Lord says this:

If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.
The Lord will always guide you, giving you relief in desert places.

He will give strength to your bones and you shall be like watered garden,
like a spring of water
whose waters never run dry.

You will rebuild the ancient ruins, build up on the old foundations.
You will be called ‘Breach-mender’, ‘Restorer of ruined houses.’

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,
and doing business on the holy day, if you call the Sabbath ‘Delightful’,
and the day sacred to the Lord ‘Honourable’, if you honour it by abstaining from travel, from doing business and from gossip,
then shall you find your happiness in the Lord
and I will lead you triumphant over the heights of the land.
I will feed you on the heritage of Jacob your father.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


Luke 5:27-32
Jesus comes not to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance

Jesus noticed a tax collector, Levi by name, sitting by the customs house, and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything he got up and followed him.
In his honour Levi held a great reception in his house, and with them at table was a large gathering of tax collectors and others. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples and said, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ Jesus said to them in reply, ‘It is not those who are well who need the doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance.’

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