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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 15, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Purity of heart, mind and spirit through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the mark of a Catholic fully alive in faith and in love of our Risen Lord. A holiness that permeates from within and shines forth on our faces and in our actions. And possessing an increasing zeal to share the good news of our Risen Lord who desires the salvation of all of God our Father’s children.

When the Lord our God is absent in the minds and hearts of men; and women alike, then all is vanity. For they chase for themselves superiority in knowledge, honour, power driven by greed and have insatiable desires for self gratification. By this token they worship themselves or their fellow men by their accomplishments and carve for themselves images of false gods. All in vainglory! For all shall crumble into dust and blown away.

Let us therefore look, not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:18) Amen

St Theresa of Avilla pray for us..

First reading

Romans 1:16-25
These people knew God and failed to honour him

I am not ashamed of the Good News: it is the power of God saving all who have faith – Jews first, but Greeks as well – since this is what reveals the justice of God to us: it shows how faith leads to faith, or as salvation says: The upright man finds life through faith.
The anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all the impiety and depravity of men who keep truth imprisoned in their wickedness. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them since God himself has made it plain. Ever since God created the world his everlasting power and deity – however invisible – have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made. That is why such people are without excuse: they knew God and yet refused to honour him as God or to thank him; instead, they made nonsense out of logic and their empty minds were darkened. The more they called themselves philosophers, the more stupid they grew, until they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for a worthless imitation, for the image of mortal man, of birds, of quadrupeds and reptiles. That is why God left them to their filthy enjoyments and the practices with which they dishonour their own bodies, since they have given up divine truth for a lie and have worshipped and served creatures instead of the creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen!


Luke 11:37-41
Give thanks for what you have and it will all be clean

Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at the table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘Oh, you Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and then indeed everything will be clean for you.’