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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 16, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We have an all powerful ever living God who can level mountains if He so chooses and yet in His great tender love for us; He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and dwelled as one of us. A bruised reed He did not break neither a smoldering wick He would not snuff out, instead He came to heal and restore. To give us life and life indeed to the full! When questioned if He was the one that was prophesised to come His answer was how His love for us was already set in motion!

Instead of getting down on our knees as we should to worship Him, confessing that Jesus is our Lord by putting our love for neighbour into action as He had commanded us; Are our hearts still filled with doubt? What faith will He find in us when He comes again?

You Lord Jesus are the rock of my salvation and I place all my faith and trust in You. Lead me know and forever. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 45:6-8,18,21-25
I, the Lord, shall create deliverance

Apart from me, all is nothing.
I am the Lord, unrivalled,
I form the light and create the dark.
I make good fortune and create calamity,
it is I, the Lord, who do all this.

Send victory like a dew, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain it down.
Let the earth open
for salvation to spring up.
Let deliverance, too, bud forth
which I, the Lord, shall create.

Yes, thus says the Lord,
creator of the heavens,
who is God,
who formed the earth and made it,
who set it firm,
created it no chaos,
but a place to be lived in:

‘I am the Lord, unrivalled:
there is no other god besides me.
A God of integrity and a saviour:
there is none apart from me.
Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth,
for I am God unrivalled.

‘By my own self I swear it;
what comes from my mouth is truth,
a word irrevocable:
before me every knee shall bend,
by me every tongue shall swear,
saying, “From the Lord alone
come victory and strength.”
To him shall come, ashamed,
all who raged against him.
Victorious and glorious through the Lord shall be
all the descendants of Israel.’

Gospel
Luke 7:19-23
‘Are you the one who is to come?’

John, summoning two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?’ When the men reached Jesus they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you, to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or have we to wait for someone else?”’ It was just then that he cured many people of diseases and afflictions and of evil spirits, and gave the gift of sight to many who were blind. Then he gave the messengers their answer, ‘Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the Good News is proclaimed to the poor and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.’