On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What does a humble contrite heart look like?

Is it one that prides itself for living an upright life. Goes for the sacraments regularly and yet judges others on their sins.

Or is a humble contrite heart one which is broken from offending the Lord our God whom He or she loves and who knows is greatly loved by Him. For not just having done sinful things but for failing to live His command to love. Not just failing to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength but for failing to love one another by our thoughts words and actions.

Lord Jesus I stand before You with a heart which is broken. Broken for continuing to sin against You. And for not loving my neighbour as I should have. For not being in humble in my service of You and my brethren. Lord forgive me a sinner, help me to be better and do better. Amen

First reading

Hosea 5:15-6:6
What I want is love, not sacrifice and holocausts

The Lord says this:

They will search for me in their misery.
‘Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us; he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds; after a day or two he will bring us back to life, on the third day he will raise us and we shall live in his presence.
Let us set ourselves to know the Lord; that he will come is as certain as the dawn his judgement will rise like the light, he will come to us as showers come,
like spring rains watering the earth.’

What am I to do with you, Ephraim?
What am I to do with you, Judah?
This love of yours is like a morning cloud, like the dew that quickly disappears.
This is why I have torn them to pieces by the prophets, why I slaughtered them with the words from my mouth, since what I want is love, not sacrifice;
knowledge of God, not holocausts.


Luke 18:9-14

Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else: ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

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