On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 19, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We all have to battle with sin daily. And some times we can become weary. Sometimes we let our guard down and succumb to anger, lusts, pride amongst others. If we are sorrowful and contrite then we know we will be made whole when we turn to our Saviour Jesus Christ. However when faced with people who lead lives of duplicity, whom we trust and have betrayed not just us, but those under their care then we can become despondent through the hurts. If we are not careful we become blind to the needs of others. We love less than we ought to.

Cry out to Jesus in faith and He will hear you. Even amidst the noise and chaos of the world which seeks to drown out your cries to Him. Our Lord will heal you and restore you. He will pour out His love into your heart so that you can love fully as you are called to.

Jesus my Lord, hear my cries and heal me. Let me love as you do. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 1:1-4,2:1-5
Think what you were before you fell, and repent

This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that he could tell his servants about the things which are now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, and John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophecy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all that it says, because the Time is close.
From John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne.
I heard the Lord saying to me: ‘Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, “Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives surrounded by the seven golden lamp-stands: I know all about you: how hard you work and how much you put up with. I know you cannot stand wicked men, and how you tested the impostors who called themselves apostles and proved they were liars. Know, too, that you have patience, and have suffered for my name without growing tired. Nevertheless, I have this complaint to make; you have less love now than you used to. Think where you were before you fell; repent, and do as you used to at first.”’

Gospel

Luke 18:35-43
‘Son of David, have pity on me’

As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.

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