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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 11, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Only when there is purity of heart and mind can our spirit be united fully; to the mind and heart of the Lord our God. His spirit is within us and we shall see our fellow men not as fellow sinners that we are, but as God our Father’s children in much need of His love and mercy. And so we love and forgive as many as the innumerable times He has loved and forgiven us.

We must take every care to guard our souls against every form of deceit, avarice, waywardness, but most of all conceit. For pride is one of our greatest downfalls! When we think we are better than another and start comparing gifts and graces. All the more if it is true, for are we not called to love and serve the least of our brethren? We must therefore go down on our knees if we have to, love and serve them as we should; affirm and elevate their virtues and gifts over ours. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

Sisters and brothers in Christ, let us remain steadfast above all, for fidelity to the Lord our God alone brings us true joy, peace and love to the full. For God is faithful and desires only the best for us. Therefore in all things let us glorify Him. Glory to God in the highest! Amen

First reading

Wisdom 1:1-7 ·

Seek the Lord in simplicity of heart

Love virtue, you who are judges on earth, let honesty prompt your thinking about the Lord, seek him in simplicity of heart; since he is to be found by those who do not put him to the test, he shows himself to those who do not distrust him.

But selfish intentions divorce from God; and Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish.

No, Wisdom will never make its way into a crafty soul nor stay in a body that is in debt to sin; the holy spirit of instruction shuns deceit, it stands aloof from reckless purposes, is taken aback when iniquity appears.

Wisdom is a spirit, a friend to man,

though she will not pardon the words of a blaspheme, since God sees into the innermost parts of him, truly observes his heart, and listens to his tongue.

The spirit of the Lord, indeed, fills the whole world, and that which holds all things together knows every word that is said.


Luke 17:1-6

If your brother does wrong, reprove him

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the Sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones. Watch yourselves!

If your brother does something wrong, reprove him and, if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I am sorry,” you must forgive him.’

The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.’