On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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As children of God our Father we were given free will to choose whether to love and obey Him or not. Born into holiness our will is orientated towards good. However our minds, rather our intellect must remain schooled, conditioned, focused in directing our will towards our goal of greater holiness. Things go awry when we allow our bodies, emotions and passions to take control. If driven by emotions and desires alone we will surely spiral out of control. We will make irrational judgements and decisions that often lead to broken relationships. The doorway to sin is hence opened.

How deep and personal our relationship with the Lord our God mirrors how well our relationships thrives within our family, friends, co-workers and community. By being rooted in prayer and the word of God, we remain alert to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to build His Kingdom. We therefore unite our wills with the Lord our God. His justice and mercy reigns in our hearts.

Let us strive then this day to deepen our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to encourage one another to continue to do likewise. Amen

First reading

Romans 7:18-25 ·

Every time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand

I know of nothing good living in me – living, that is, in my unspiritual self – for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want. When I act against my will, then, it is not must be remaitrue self doing it, but sin which lives in me.

In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s Law, but I can see that my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body.

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!


Luke 12:54-59

Do you not know how to interpret these times?

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it will be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times?

‘Why not judge for yourselves what is right? For example: when you go to court with your opponent, try to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.’

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