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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 23, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The devil made me do it! It is the boys that drove me up the wall! She kept pestering and annoying me when I told her to stop! And so I reacted the way I did because of her! I warned her! I needed to an outlet to relive myself from the build up of stress just a small sin as it may be to prevent a bigger catastrophe! I am only human! I will sin from time to time but God will forgive me. If we choose to, we will always be able to justify our words or our actions. But let us let us look deeper into our hearts and ask ourselves are our words and actions truly justified before our Lord? Did we not allow ourselves to be distracted? To allow ourselves to lose focus and had taken our eyes off heavenly things and pursuits? Had we not taken the mercy and love our Lord for granted?

We have a higher calling as Christians! Yes we may be human, yet must always remember that we are created in the likeness and image of the Lord our God. Therefore we are called to Holiness, to be Holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy. And we can only remain so and strive for greater holiness if we remain connected to the vine our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We do so by dwelling on and living His word. Through persevering in prayer and living in the service of the least of our brethren. We are thus filled with His grace and strength to endure all things. Blessed are we indeed when our Lord returns for He will find us fully engaged in doing what He has entrusted us to do.

My Saviour and my Lord, I open my heart to You. Come dwell in me this day and everyday. Amen

First reading

Romans 6:12-18 ·
Make every part of your body a weapon fighting on the side of God

You must not let sin reign in your mortal bodies or command your obedience to bodily passions, you must not let any part of your body turn into an unholy weapon fighting on the side of sin; you should, instead, offer yourselves to God, and consider yourselves dead men brought back to life; you should make every part of your body into a weapon fighting on the side of God; and then sin will no longer dominate your life, since you are living by grace and not by law.
Does the fact that we are living by grace and not by law mean that we are free to sin? Of course not. You know that if you agree to serve and obey a master you become his slaves. You cannot be slaves of sin that leads to death and at the same time slaves of obedience that leads to righteousness. You were once slaves of sin, but thank God you submitted without reservation to the creed you were taught. You may have been freed from the slavery of sin, but only to become ‘slaves’ of righteousness.

Gospel

Luke 12:39-48
The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
Peter said, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?’ The Lord replied, ‘What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time coming,” and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.
The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.’