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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 20, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We live in trying times and holding on to our faith is a struggle especially when we no longer have access to the sacraments our Lord provided for us or a place to gather and worship. Fear has gripped our hearts and so communities that once provided stability; and was a source of strength have disbanded.

The Lord speaks to our hearts today reminding us that He is near to us and has never left. He is in charge and we have nothing to fear. He will lift all curses, scourges and take away all our iniquities and sins. All we need do is turn our hearts to Him and remain faithful in our prayers, attentive listening to His Word and Will for us; and to continue to love one another us as He loves us.

In today’s context loving our neighbour includes amongst other things; being socially responsible, not giving in to panic and adopting a ‘my family’ against the world mentality or its a survival of the fittest one. We should never forget that loving the least of our brethren is what gives us hope for an eternal future with the Lord our God.

O Blessed Mother, pray for me. That I remain pure and true and that all that I say and do may be pleasing to Your Son Jesus my Lord. Amen

First reading

Hosea 14:2-10
A call to conversion and promise of safety

The Lord says this:

Israel, come back to the Lord your God; your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.
Provide yourself with words
and come back to the Lord.
Say to him, ‘Take all iniquity away so that we may have happiness again and offer you our words of praise.
Assyria cannot save us, we will not ride horses any more, or say, “Our God!” to what our own hands have made, for you are the one in whom orphans find compassion.’
– I will heal their disloyalty,
I will love them with all my heart, for my anger has turned from them.
I will fall like dew on Israel.
He shall bloom like the lily,
and thrust out roots like the poplar, his shoots will spread far; he will have the beauty of the olive and the fragrance of Lebanon.
They will come back to live in my shade; they will grow corn that flourishes, they will cultivate vines as renowned as the wine of Helbon.
What has Ephraim to do with idols any more when it is I who hear his prayer and care for him? I am like a cypress ever green, all your fruitfulness comes from me.

Let the wise man understand these words.
Let the intelligent man grasp their meaning.
For the ways of the Lord are straight, and virtuous men walk in them, but sinners stumble.

Gospel

Mark 12:28-34
‘You are not far from the kingdom of God’

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 20, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
Tags: ,

We live in trying times and holding on to our faith is a struggle especially when we no longer have access to the sacraments our Lord provided for us or a place to gather and worship. Fear has gripped our hearts and so communities that once provided stability; and was a source of strength have disbanded.

The Lord speaks to our hearts today reminding us that He is near to us and has never left. He is in charge and we have nothing to fear. He will lift all curses, scourges and take away all our iniquities and sins. All we need do is turn our hearts to Him and remain faithful in our prayers, attentive listening to His Word and Will for us; and to continue to love one another us as He loves us.

In today’s context loving our neighbour includes amongst other things; being socially responsible, not giving in to panic and adopting a ‘my family’ against the world mentality or its a survival of the fittest one. We should never forget that loving the least of our brethren is what gives us hope for an eternal future with the Lord our God.

O Blessed Mother, pray for me. That I remain pure and true and that all that I say and do may be pleasing to Your Son Jesus my Lord. Amen

First reading

Hosea 14:2-10
A call to conversion and promise of safety

The Lord says this:

Israel, come back to the Lord your God; your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.
Provide yourself with words
and come back to the Lord.
Say to him, ‘Take all iniquity away so that we may have happiness again and offer you our words of praise.
Assyria cannot save us, we will not ride horses any more, or say, “Our God!” to what our own hands have made, for you are the one in whom orphans find compassion.’
– I will heal their disloyalty,
I will love them with all my heart, for my anger has turned from them.
I will fall like dew on Israel.
He shall bloom like the lily,
and thrust out roots like the poplar, his shoots will spread far; he will have the beauty of the olive and the fragrance of Lebanon.
They will come back to live in my shade; they will grow corn that flourishes, they will cultivate vines as renowned as the wine of Helbon.
What has Ephraim to do with idols any more when it is I who hear his prayer and care for him? I am like a cypress ever green, all your fruitfulness comes from me.

Let the wise man understand these words.
Let the intelligent man grasp their meaning.
For the ways of the Lord are straight, and virtuous men walk in them, but sinners stumble.

Gospel

Mark 12:28-34
‘You are not far from the kingdom of God’

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.