On Today’s Gospel

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

Here is a truth you can bank on. The more you fall in love with Christ Jesus, the more you will be filled with His love. The more you are able to make sense of everything in the world. The more you will be able to see through the eyes of God’s wisdom. Your heart will be set ablaze with the love of Him and your most passionate desire will be to share His love with everyone.

Another truth which is not often spoken about is that the devil is real. He is driven by his hatred for men and women, to cause division and to conquer their souls. To rob them of their heavenly inheritance. To try and separate them at all cost from the love of God. He does not need to do this by loud explosive acts. More often than not, it is by a soft whisper of a deadly suggestion that plays on one’s pride, ego even lust and greed. Who then do you think is the cause of division in families? Whom has he chosen to do likewise?

A family united in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ stands firm forever. So it is that a family that prays together, stays together. For rooted on the Word of God they have built upon the rock. And just as they stand united in Him here on earth, so will they stand united in Him in heaven. Amen

First reading

Ephesians 3:14-21
A prayer that faithful may know the love of Christ

This is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name:
Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.
Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel

Luke 12:49-53
How I wish it were blazing already!

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

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