On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 11, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Uniting my Will with God my Heavenly Father does not mean I give up my freedom, on the contrary I am never more free to live fully in His love, peace and joy. Is it easy to stay awake and alert to His commandments and more importantly His Will for me? Well in a sense no, it takes discipline and true love for Him. I need to seek Him daily through His Word and to be still in His presence. To dwell in the mystery and revelation of my salvation through my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ!

I will not want the luxury to say, “Lord I’m tired not today, I don’t feel up to it.” Even if it is a late day for me, I am never fully awake till I rise to hear His voice. And to hear what He desires for me to share with my sisters and brothers. I remain hopeful and elated that someone who hears His voice through me will be touched by His great mercy and love. They too will heed His call to grow in Holiness and love. And together we will praise His Holy name!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 48:17-19 ·
If you had been alert to my commandments, your happiness would have been like a river

Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you,
I lead you in the way that you must go.
If only you had been alert to my commandments,
your happiness would have been like a river,
your integrity like the waves of the sea.
Your children would have been numbered like the sand,
your descendants as many as its grains.
Never would your name have been cut off or blotted out before me.

Matthew 11:16-19
They heed neither John nor the Son of Man

Jesus spoke to the crowds: ‘What description can I find for this generation? It is like children shouting to each other as they sit in the market place:

“We played the pipes for you,
and you wouldn’t dance;
we sang dirges,
and you wouldn’t be mourners.”

‘For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He is possessed.” The Son of Man came, eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet wisdom has been proved right by her actions.’

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