On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 19, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Have you encountered a stubborn, opinionated, disobedient child in your lifetime? Refusing to listen to reason or to be embraced by loving, nurturing hands? Take a good look in the mirror for if you do not have a loving relationship with the Lord your God then you are that very child!

Then there are children who have responded to the call to service because they had encountered the Lord. Some however have not grounded themselves on His Word but have relied on their own limited knowledge, gifts and talents to serve. Others do the bare minimum for their faith. How can you share hope, faith and love in and for the Lord, when you have little or none of these present in your own lives?

Lord Jesus to know you is to love you. To love you fills me with hope and peace. Let my faith grow in your love. Nourish me with your Word, that filled with your love I may serve you and my brethren faithfully. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
The supremacy of charity

Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.
If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge – for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.
In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Gospel

Luke 7:31-35
‘We played the pipes, and you wouldn’t dance’

Jesus said to the people:
‘What description can I find for the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market-place:

‘“We played the pipes for you,
and you wouldn’t dance;
we sang dirges,
and you wouldn’t cry.”

‘For John the Baptist comes, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.” The Son of Man comes, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom has been proved right by all her children.’

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