On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

God’s law is written in our hearts. From our birth into life with Jesus we have been made new for Holiness. Therefore we must strive always to remain steadfast in His truth and love.

What good is it to portray a holy exterior but within us we are filled with envy, malice, sexual wantonness, deceit, greed, selfishness, pridefulness, unforgiveness and so on. Our Lord sees and knows all. There is nothing we can hide from Him. That which we think we can hide from Him, will only suffocate us. Slowly but surely we will meet with permanent death.

Turn back to Him while there is still time. For Jesus our Lord does not look upon the grievous sins you have committed but on your heart’s desire to repent and to be reconciled with Him. For nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

First reading

Galatians 5:1-6
It is faith, not the Law, that justifies us

When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. It is I, Paul, who tell you this: if you allow yourselves to be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you at all. With all solemnity I repeat my warning: Everyone who accepts circumcision is obliged to keep the whole Law. But if you do look to the Law to make you justified, then you have separated yourselves from Christ, and have fallen from grace. Christians are told by the Spirit to look to faith for those rewards that righteousness hopes for, since in Christ Jesus whether you are circumcised or not makes no difference – what matters is faith that makes its power felt through love.

Gospel

Luke 11:37-41
Give thanks for what you have and it will all be clean

Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at the table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘Oh, you Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and then indeed everything will be clean for you.’

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