Archive for September 18, 2018

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 18, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Yes indeed we can marvel at just how vibrant our church is, with the many varied gifts and talents the Lord our God has poured on us all. Take for instance a charismatic healing session, we have an enigmatic priest, an eloquent dynamic prayer leader, we have angelic singers, highly skilled musicians, knowledgeable AV team, and a meticulous logistics team. All working as one to build God’s Kingdom.

Why then in some instances there is still jealousy, bickering and division? Ask ourselves then is Christ Jesus the centre of everything we say and do? Have we prayed regularly together? Is the word of God dear and near to each and everyone of us? Do we affirm one another’s gifts and talents? Are we single minded in our love and service of our Lord and our brethren? Are we as St Paul says, ambitious for higher gifts?

All that we strive for amounts to nothing if our Lord Jesus Christ does not dwell first in our hearts. So that all that we do for Him and especially our brethren will be filled with love, mercy and compassion. Our words and actions are life giving for we ourselves are connected to the source of life;our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27-31
You together are Christ’s body: each of you a different part

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it. In the Church, God has given the first place to apostles, the second to prophets, the third to teachers; after them, miracles, and after them the gift of healing; helpers, good leaders, those with many languages. Are all of them apostles, or all of them prophets, or all of them teachers? Do they all have the gift of miracles, or all have the gift of healing? Do all speak strange languages, and all interpret them? Be ambitious for the higher gifts.

Gospel

Luke 7:11-17
The only son of his mother, and she a widow

Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.