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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 5, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In most relationships today there are a lot more i’s then you’s. There are even measurements in place for this, ROI (return on investment) KPI (key performance indicators) to name a few. What can I stand to gain in entering into a relationship with you? How far can we go? What are the downsides? Even if one does not go into such complex calculations, the bottom line is what is my return?

If the Lord our God used such measurements perhaps according to His will for us, how do you think you will fare? We are so Blessed to have a merciful and loving God, who loves us while we are sinners. And He wills that we love one another with that same mercy and love. Remembering that we are all created equally in His likeness and image. There is much value in the least of our brethren, for it is in how we treat this brethren that we are judged.

Jesus my Lord, help me look past the faults, blemishes and weakness of my brethren. To realise that the tiniest fault and blemish in me is far greater than theirs. Teach me Lord, to love them as you love me, and to build upon their strengths and charisms. So that together we will build Your Kingdom to dwell in with You forever. Amen

First reading

Philippians 2:1-4
Be united in your love

If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.

Gospel

Luke 14:12-14
Do not invite those who might be able to invite you back

Jesus said to his host, one of the leading Pharisees, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’