On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 5, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Will we have time to repent and turn our hearts back to our Lord? One thing we all know for sure is that time passes by so swiftly. Before we know it our time here is up and what will we have to show for all our busyness in this life? Did we live only for ourselves? What fruits did we  bear for our Lord? How many souls have we saved? Did we have peace of mind? Were we filled with the peace, love and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ? And did we share it with others?

To live our lives in full union with the Lord our God we must turn away from sin and listen to His Word and Will for us. We can only do so by sitting at His feet to listen attentively to Him. We do this through prayer and contemplation as we enter into His presence. Only then can we go out each day to love and serve our brethren as we are called to do by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Therefore families, communities, ministries cannot thrive unless they come together to pray regularly and dwell in His presence. To be nourished and filled with His peace, love, joy and to receive the graces needed for their mission.

Come dwell in my heart dear Jesus. Amen

First reading

Jonah 3:1-10 ·

The Ninevites repent, and God spares them

The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. The news reached the king of Nineveh, who rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. A proclamation was then promulgated throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his ministers, as follows: ‘Men and beasts, herds and flocks, are to taste nothing; they must not eat, they must not drink water. All are to put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil behaviour and the wicked things he has done. Who knows if God will not change his mind and relent, if he will not renounce his burning wrath, so that we do not perish?’ God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour, and God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

Gospel

Luke 10:38-42

Martha works; Mary listens

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’

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