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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 9, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The only way we can truly remain compassionate, merciful and loving is if we bind ourselves to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. We do this most fully through hearts prepared at reception of Holy Eucharist. In His infinite wisdom and love He had given us the greatest gift, the gift of Himself. So that we can overcome all sin and temptation to live our lives to the full according to His Will. Therefore those of us who know this truth yearn to receive our Lord daily. For He alone is truly the way, the truth and the life. When we absolutely have no means or access to receive Jesus in Holy Eucharist then it must be our greatest desire to do so; We must therefore resist sin, temptation with every fiber of our being and with every ounce of strength we can muster. We arm ourselves through prayer, fasting and the most Holy Word of God. This is what it actually means to be in spiritual communion. For the Lord is our integrity.

In union with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, we strive to be compassionate as our Heavenly Father is compassionate. There can be no exceptions nor pause in our forgiveness of those who have sinned against us, and by their doing so have hurt us deeply. For through our Lord Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father had forgiven the deeply hurtful sins we had committed against Him. How can we say we are One with the Lord our God if we are not merciful and loving?

Lord teach and guide me that I may learn to be always merciful and loving like You. Amen

First reading

Daniel 9:4-10
Yours is the integrity, Lord; ours the shame

O Lord, God great and to be feared, you keep the covenant and have kindness for those who love you and keep your commandments: we have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly, we have betrayed your commandments and your ordinances and turned away from them. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Integrity, Lord, is yours; ours the look of shame we wear today, we, the people of Judah, the citizens of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in every country to which you have dispersed us because of the treason we have committed against you. To us, Lord, the look of shame belongs, to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God mercy and pardon belong, because we have betrayed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God nor followed the laws he has given us through his servants the prophets.

Gospel

Luke 6:36-38
Grant pardon, and you will be pardoned

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’