On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

As we are soon approaching Advent the readings of today remind us of the need to stand alert and ready. What state will our Lord find us in if He comes today? Or if we are called back to stand before Him? Will He find us with hearts full of joy and peace because we have loved our neighbour as we should? We have cared for the least of our brethren?

Or will He find us sinful and sorrowful? Many still lukewarm in their faith? Failing to gain the riches of the world, standing empty and forlorn? How much time did you think you have to turn back to the Lord your God? To love and be loved in His love?

Let us pray for one another especially for those who have lost their way. Let us strive for Holiness as we lead one another into His kingdom. And may our hearts always be filled with His love as we care for one another along the way as we journey home. Amen

First reading

2 John 1:4-9
The commandment which you have heard since the beginning is to live a life of love

It has given me great joy to find that your children have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. I am writing now, dear lady, not to give you any new commandment, but the one which we were given at the beginning, and to plead: let us love one another.
To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.
There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and not get the reward it deserves. If anybody does not keep within the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he cannot have God with him: only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

Gospel

Luke 17:26-37
When the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed

Jesus said to the disciples:
‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot’s day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.
‘When that day comes, anyone on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must not come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back either. Remember Lot’s wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken, the other left; two women will be grinding corn together: one will be taken, the other left.’ The disciples interrupted. ‘Where, Lord?’ they asked. He said, ‘Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.’

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