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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Most live their lives as though the Lord our God is absent. They become impatient with their children, spouses, family members, community. They delay to tend to their needs as inertia sets in. And unchecked may lead to violent tendencies when their own wants and needs are not met. How then can we expect love of neighbour? Where is the love in anything they say and do? Absent while the Lord is ‘absent’?

The Lord our God is present all the time. Those who know this will not tarry. Even though they themselves may be tired, they will move for love of Him and neighbour. They do not live lives of duplicity and strive for Holiness. The light of Christ shines within them and so they become beacons of His love and grace.

Lord Jesus let me always live in Your presence, now and forever. Amen

First reading

Proverbs 3:27-34
The Lord blesses the home of the virtuous

My son, do not refuse a kindness to anyone who begs it, if it is in your power to perform it.

Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go away! Come another time! I will give it you tomorrow’, if you can do it now.
Do not plot harm against your neighbour as he lives unsuspecting next door.
Do not pick a groundless quarrel with a man who has done you no harm.
Do not emulate the man of violence, never model your conduct on his; for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord, who confides only in honest men.
The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the virtuous.
He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble.

Gospel

Luke 8:16-18
Anyone who has will be given more

Jesus said to the crowds:
‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’