On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 12, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What sort of leadership would you want for your Church? People who are creative, those who have hearts for the poor, the marginalised, the outcasts. Great administrative skills and those with gifts and talents suited for the tasks ahead. All these are good! But it takes dedicated, God fearing men and women who are single minded after the heart of Christ Jesus to drive the church forwards. So while we may have the best people, without leadership centred on Christ we have zero! For either nothing gets done or there will be little or no growth.

While not everyone are called to be leaders, we are called to obedience in Christ Jesus. There can be no duplicity in our lives. We must strive for Holiness and lead others towards the same. Mercy and love must flow from our hearts. We must forgive always and remember we have forgiven. We must work to grow in our faith through deepening our relationship with Jesus. We can only do so by knowing and living His Word and will for us.

Holy spirit Lord, guide us as we journey forth, towards our heavenly inheritance. Amen

First reading

Titus 1:1-9
Appoint elders of irreproachable character

From Paul, servant of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ to bring those whom God has chosen to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion; and to give them the hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God. He does not lie and so, at the appointed time, he revealed his decision, and, by the command of God our saviour, I have been commissioned to proclaim it. To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share, wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our saviour.
The reason I left you behind in Crete was for you to get everything organised there and appoint elders in every town, in the way that I told you: that is, each of them must be a man of irreproachable character; he must not have been married more than once, and his children must be believers and not uncontrollable or liable to be charged with disorderly conduct. Since, as president, he will be God’s representative, he must be irreproachable: never an arrogant or hot-tempered man, nor a heavy drinker or violent, nor out to make money; but a man who is hospitable and a friend of all that is good; sensible, moral, devout and self-controlled; and he must have a firm grasp of the unchanging message of the tradition, so that he can be counted on for both expounding the sound doctrine and refuting those who argue against it.

Gospel

Luke 17:1-6
If your brother does wrong, reprove him

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the Sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones. Watch yourselves!
If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and, if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I am sorry,” you must forgive him.’
The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.’

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