On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We should never take the Lord our God for granred! And hold on tightly to His Word which feeds, nourishes; and is our safeguard against evil and sin. For there are far too many distractions in the world that will sooner or later mislead us away from Him, whom loved us despite our iniquities and gave up His life for us.

In His compassionate love for us, Jesus hears our cries and heals us. But unless we have a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving we may be physically healed but remain spiritually dead. For it is only through our heartfelt thanksgiving and Praise of the Lord God; that our spirit ascends to Him fully alive. It is our rightful worship of Him that we live fully in His love. Just as it is our Christian duty to obey the laws of the land so it is our duty to be obedient to the Holy Spirit who guides us into the way of life in Him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Titus 3:1-7
It was purely by his own compassion that God saved us

Remind your people that it is their duty to be obedient to the officials and representatives of the government; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people or picking quarrels, but to be courteous and always polite to all kinds of people. Remember, there was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved by different passions and luxuries; we lived then in wickedness and ill-will, hating each other and hateful ourselves.
But when the kindness and love of God our saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions we might have done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own compassion that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour. He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life.

Gospel

Luke 17:11-19
No-one has come back to praise God, only this foreigner

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’

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