On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Giving in to our passions and desires often lead us away from the love of Christ. Who wills that we live freely in His love. For it allows sin to invade our souls and hold us captive. Captive by our desire for honour and recognition. Our insatiable sexual desire. Our want of wealth and prestige. For power and glory. Where is our love for God and neighbour in all this?

We are all made in the likeness and image of God. We therefore share the same spirit, the same ‘DNA’ if you will. Therefore can you not see then there we are made to love and care for one another? Not to use and abuse one another! Or to lead one another into sin!

We can love because He our Lord Jesus Christ first loved us. By His love we are set free. To live in the Spirit, life in its fullness. Amen

First reading
Galatians 5:18-25
To belong to Christ, crucify all self-indulgence

If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.
Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.

Gospel
Luke 11:42-46
You overlook justice and the love of God

The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!
A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’
‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’

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