On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 16, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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All too often we are plunged into darkness when we sin and yet we cannot seem to figure out why emptiness grows within us. Evil seeds are planted in our heads and we start forming conspiracy theories, “everyone is against me,” “seems like others are more privileged than me and my family.” The voices that tells us not to cry out to Jesus become louder than our own conscience and so we remain quiet and fade away into further darkness. We forget how to love as we should and the distance between us and our Lord only widens!

Take courage and cry out to Jesus as we should and He will invite us to come back to Him. He will set us free to live fully in His love. His light will once again shine upon us and then we will be able to carry His light within us to others. Heart, mind and soul are opened to glorify Him by our love put into action for others.

Therefore sister and brothers, as we draw closer to the start of Advent. Let our hearts yearn to be fully reconciled with Jesus the light of all nations. Strive to do what we must by seeking the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation often, so that filled with His grace we become beacons of light for others. Amen

First reading Apocalypse 1:1-4,2:1-5

Think what you were before you fell, and repent
This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that he could tell his servants about the things which are now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, and John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophecy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all that it says, because the Time is close. From John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne. I heard the Lord saying to me: ‘Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, “Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives surrounded by the seven golden lamp-stands: I know all about you: how hard you work and how much you put up with. I know you cannot stand wicked men, and how you tested the impostors who called themselves apostles and proved they were liars. Know, too, that you have patience, and have suffered for my name without growing tired. Nevertheless, I have this complaint to make; you have less love now than you used to. Think where you were before you fell; repent, and do as you used to at first.”’

Gospel Luke 18:35-43

‘Son of David, have pity on me’
As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.

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