On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 23, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

When we see the many things that divides us in the world, wars, trade disputes, religion, non religious beliefs, sexual orientation and much more. Can we also see that it is only the unifying power of Jesus Christ our Lord that can save us from our own destruction through the divides? For the king of peace had come to bring salvation into the world. That who ever believes in Him will have eternal life.

Are we ‘dressed’ for action let alone ready and eager to greet Him when He comes. Is how we are dressed externally a reflection of our reverence and love for Him internally. When people look upon us, do they see a disciple of Christ? One who bears an image of his/her master?

Lord Jesus, my lamp is lit and I stand ready to greet you when you come. Come Lord Jesus come. Amen

First reading

Ephesians 2:12-22
In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us

Do not forget that you had no Christ and were excluded from membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants with their Promise; you were immersed in this world, without hope and without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God: in his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.
So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built

into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Gospel

Luke 12:36-38
Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.’

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