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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 1, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How far are we from loving one another in the Spirit? The same love in the Spirit mentioned by St Paul at the tail end of today’s first reading? Do we see  such love present in our ministries? In our church communities? Our Parish councils? Our Executive committees? In our Priests for their Parishioners and vice versa? What about loving one another in the Spirit as a Parish community? Is love in the Spirit present in our own homes?

What does it look like? Well when we pray and give thanks to God our Father for one another. When we affirm one another’s faith and love in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. When we share our testimonies of the Word and presence of our Lord in our daily lives. When we attest to and recognise the gift and talents to be found in our community. When we zealously share the good news with all whom we meet by our love put into action, as well as in word. When we teach and pass on the faith, in discipling others as we have ourselves have been discipled.

Jesus my Lord,  I too must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to all others for You have sent me to do so. Grant me the grace to do so always in love and in the Spirit. Amen

First reading

Colossians 1:1-8

The message of the truth has reached you and is spreading all over the world

From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy to the saints in Colossae, our faithful brothers in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

    We have never failed to remember you in our prayers and to give thanks for you to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you show towards all the saints because of the hope which is stored up for you in heaven. It is only recently that you heard of this, when it was announced in the message of the truth. The Good News which has reached you is spreading all over the world and producing the same results as it has among you ever since the day when you heard about God’s grace and understood what this really is. Epaphras, who taught you, is one of our closest fellow workers and a faithful deputy for us as Christ’s servant, and it was he who told us all about your love in the Spirit.


Luke 4:38-44

He would not allow them to speak because they knew he was the Christ

Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Leaning over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to wait on them.

    At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

    When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them, but he answered, ‘I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.’ And he continued his preaching in the synagogues of Judaea