On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 29, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

It is far too easy to fall back into sin. Especially since the world promotes it through its literature found in books and magazines. Television and movies another powerful source to draw us away from God our loving Father through the culture of sin. Many congregate to participate in juicy gossip and exciting dirty talk perhaps unaware their souls are being soiled. Have we let ourselves be bent over by our sins that we can no longer stand upright?

We are all God’s children and must live out our higher calling and purpose. Through the love and infinite goodness of God our Father we have been Blessed and baptised into life with Him. Life in abundance offered through Christ Jesus our Lord who frees us from all sin.

Let us open our hearts and minds to see with the eyes of our Lord, that His laws and commands are manifested through love. And so we must choose to love above all. The Lord our God and one another. Amen

First reading

Ephesians 4:32-5:8
Follow Christ by loving as he loved you

Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.
Try, then, to imitate God as children of his that he loves and follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. Among you there must be not even a mention of fornication or impurity in any of its forms, or promiscuity: this would hardly become the saints! There must be no coarseness, or salacious talk and jokes – all this is wrong for you; raise your voices in thanksgiving instead. For you can be quite certain that nobody who actually indulges in fornication or impurity or promiscuity – which is worshipping a false god – can inherit anything of the kingdom of God. Do not let anyone deceive you with empty arguments: it is for this loose living that God’s anger comes down on those who rebel against him. Make sure that you are not included with them. You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light.

Gospel

Luke 13:10-17
Was it not right to untie this woman’s bonds on the sabbath day?

One sabbath day Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that left her enfeebled; she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are rid of your infirmity’ and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.
But the synagogue official was indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, and he addressed the people present. ‘There are six days’ he said ‘when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him. ‘Hypocrites!’ he said ‘Is there one of you who does not untie his ox or his donkey from the manger on the sabbath and take it out for watering? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these eighteen years – was it not right to untie her bonds on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.

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