On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Faithful are You O Lord our Jesus Christ! For You hear and answer the cries of those faithful and fervent in their prayers. Those who cry out to You in fear, pain and in their woes. You grant comfort, healing, mercy, peace and love. You are our shepherd and we are Your dearly beloved sheep. You will never abandon us.

May our faith and love continue to grow in You. That upon Your return you will find us Faithful, Holy, welcoming and loving one another as You love us. Amen

First reading

3 John 1:5-8
It is our duty to welcome missionaries and contribute our share to their work

My friend, you have done faithful work in looking after these brothers, even though they were complete strangers to you. They are a proof to the whole Church of your charity and it would be a very good thing if you could help them on their journey in a way that God would approve. It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the pagans for anything; it is our duty to welcome men of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth.

Gospel

Luke 18:1-8
The parable of the unjust judge

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. ‘There was a judge in a certain town’ he said ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, “I want justice from you against my enemy!” For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, “Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death.”’
And the Lord said ‘You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’

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