On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Knowing about Jesus Christ is not enough! We must constantly seek to deepen our relationship with Him. Day by day falling deeper in love with Him. For He is love personified, the source, the beginning and the end. By His love He sought us out, taking away all our sins. Restoring us so that we can partake in our heavenly inheritance as children of God our Father.

All the wisdom and gifts we possess comes from Him and it comes to nought if we do not give it away. If we do not generously share it with our sisters and brothers in Christ. For the more we give, the more we shall receive. Deep indeed is the eternal font of love and mercy. Deeper still we find ourselves when we dwell in His love.

Therefore we who follow Christ must want to bear witness to Him always. This is our call, this is our faith, this is our destiny. Amen

First reading

Philippians 3:3-8
I was faultless according to the Law; but without knowing Christ I was nothing

We are the real people of the circumcision, we who worship in accordance with the Spirit of God; we have our own glory from Christ Jesus without having to rely on a physical operation. If it came to relying on physical evidence, I should be fully qualified myself. Take any man who thinks he can rely on what is physical: I am even better qualified. I was born of the race of Israel and of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents, and I was circumcised when I was eight days old. As for the Law, I was a Pharisee; as for working for religion, I was a persecutor of the Church; as far as the Law can make you perfect, I was faultless. But because of Christ, I have come to consider all these advantages that I had as disadvantages. Not only that, but I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Gospel

Luke 15:1-10
There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:
‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.
‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’

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