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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If we want to compare ourselves with others which we should not, lest we see them as a benchmark to see how we are progressing; then let us compare ourselves with the saints now in heaven. Have we grown in holiness? Are we leading virtuous lives? Are we more loving and merciful? Are we attentive to the needs of others? Do others see the light of Christ within us?

The Word of God was always near and dear to the hearts of our beloved Saints who exemplified His Word through their loving works of mercy. They cared tenderly for the least of their brethren whom they saw as Jesus Himself.

Sisters and brothers, we may still be very far off on our journey towards sainthood, but let us encouraged one another. As we take little steps in the right direction on the narrow path. Let our Lord’s Word be a lamp unto our feet. Amen

First reading

Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13
On wickedness and virtue

Like flowing water is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord,who turns it where he pleases.

A man’s conduct may strike him as upright,the Lord, however, weighs the heart.

To act virtuously and with justice is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice.

Haughty eye, proud heart, lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin.

The hardworking man is thoughtful, and all is gain;too much haste, and all that comes of it is want.

To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue, such the idle fantasy of those who look for death.

The wicked man’s soul is intent on evil,he looks on his neighbour with dislike.

When a mocker is punished, the ignorant man grows wiser,when a wise man is instructed he acquires more knowledge.

The Just One watches the house of the wicked:he hurls the wicked to destruction.

He who shuts his ear to the poor man’s cry shall himself plead and not be heard.

Gospel

Luke 8:19-21
‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God’

The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’