On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 21, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

“Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus forgave us from the cross.

Yet how many people have we wronged? How many of those did we regret using profanities, harsh words and regretted our terrible actions? What if there were no forgiveness either from God, ourselves or others? Broken relationships remain broken unto death! Let us ask ourselves, is this the Lord’s way? Is this the kind of life we want for ourselves and for our children?

If not then through the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ let us forgive everyone their sins against us. Family, friends, colleagues, strangers, priests, clergy and so on….For then we know that we too will be forgiven by our loving Father in Heaven.

Then we can strive for Holiness as we pray, listen to our Lord’s word and live according to His word and will for us.

Lord Jesus, I want to leave behind as I return to You; a legacy of bringing those who were lost back to You and to have led everyone into a deep personal relationship with You. Through You, with You and in You. Amen

First reading

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-15
The spirit of Elijah fills Elisha

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? –
rousing a corpse from death, from Sheol by the word of the Most High; dragging kings down to destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds; hearing reproof on Sinai, and decrees of punishment on Horeb;
anointing kings as avengers, and prophets to succeed you; 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; for we too will have life.

Elijah was shrouded in the whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with his spirit;
throughout his life no ruler could shake him, and no one could subdue him.
No task was too hard for him, and even in death his body prophesied.
In his lifetime he performed wonders, and in death his works were marvellous.

Gospel

Matthew 6:7-15
How to pray

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’

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