On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Don’t make excuses or justify your actions for sinning. Claiming to be only human for committing sin robs us of our identity as child of God our Father so loved by Him.

For through His great and abundant love for us He bestows overflowing graces through our Lord Jesus Christ. So that we can withstand all trials and tribulations that come our way and rise stronger above them. Indeed as St Paul says in the first reading of today, we may be knocked down but never killed. For even if we die we have hope that we will rise in Jesus our Saviour.

So let us cut off all forms of sin in our lives so that we may be filled with the Lord’s graces and spirit to live fully in His love. We embrace the crosses we carry knowing that through them, we become fully alive in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

First reading

2 Corinthians 4:7-15 †
Such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us

We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. We are in difficulties on all sides, but never cornered; we see no answer to our problems, but never despair; we have been persecuted, but never deserted; knocked down, but never killed; always, wherever we may be, we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus, too, may always be seen in our body. Indeed, while we are still alive, we are consigned to our death every day, for the sake of Jesus, so that in our mortal flesh the life of Jesus, too, may be openly shown. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
But as we have the same spirit of faith that is mentioned in scripture – I believed, and therefore I spoke – we too believe and therefore we too speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by his side and you with us. You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.

Gospel

Matthew 5:27-32
If your right eye should cause you to sin, tear it out

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must not commit adultery. But I say this to you: if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye should cause you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body thrown into hell. And if your right hand should cause you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body go to hell.
‘It has also been said: Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal. But I say this to you: everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of fornication, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.’

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