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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We worry and fret about too many things when all we should be concern ourselves about, is sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with others.

Oh I don’t know enough about my faith what if I am asked tough questions? I don’t have depth in my sharing better to remain quiet then to sound foolish. Don’t know what, when, or how to share Jesus with others? The list goes on till we convince ourselves that others were given the gifts, talents to share His love and not us! Really?

Has the love of Christ not touched you at all? In your pain and misery did He not come to comfort you? Have you not been liberated from a wayward way of life? Do you not see the hand and many blessings of God in your own life? Have you not heard any testimonies on how Jesus had touched the lives of your very own loved ones and friends? Have you not suddenly recalled words from Scripture which helped you through a difficulty? Well then if there is only one thing in the above list of which is not exhaustive, then you should begin to share that one thing with someone, then repeat it to someone else again and again. Soon you will find more and more different things to share. All of us have different qualities, backgrounds, strengths and so on. And it is through this diversity that we are able to reach and touch many different souls through the power of the Holy spirit. God with us who can be against us? All we need is Him.

The twelve that was sent out in today’s Gospel were not Robots neither were genetically cloned. They were all simple men with very different personalities and character. Children of God our Father sent to minister to His other children. In faith they went as they were instructed to do, sharing the good news and healing took place everywhere!

Jesus I love You. I will speak of my love for You and of Your love for me to all who will listen. Amen

First reading

Ezra 9:5-9 ·
‘God has not forgotten us in our slavery’

At the evening sacrifice I, Ezra, came out of my stupor and falling on my knees, with my garment and cloak torn, I stretched out my hands to the Lord my God, and said:
‘My God, I am ashamed, I blush to lift my face to you, my God. For our crimes have increased, until they are higher than our heads, and our sin has piled up to heaven. From the days of our ancestors until now our guilt has been great; on account of our crimes we, our kings and our priests, were given into the power of the kings of other countries, given to the sword, to captivity, to pillage and to shame, as is the case today. But now, suddenly, the Lord our God by his favour has left us a remnant and granted us a refuge in his holy place; this is how our God has cheered our eyes and given us a little respite in our slavery. For we are slaves; but God has not forgotten us in our slavery; he has shown us kindness in the eyes of the kings of Persia, obtaining permission for us to rebuild the Temple of our God and restore its ruins, and he has found us safety and shelter in Judah and in Jerusalem.’

Gospel

Luke 9:1-6
‘Take nothing for the journey’

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.