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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 15, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Happy the man/woman who does not lose faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Are you one then to give in to sin and temptation easily? Or knowing that every day we must stand ready to engage in Spiritual warfare with the forces of evil, you start the day with prayer, the Word of God and put on the armour of God.

For we must fight to live in the light of the Lord our God so that we can be beacons of that very light. So that we bring hope to the blind, the lame, the deaf, those who suffer the leprosy of sin, and those who are spiritually dead. We shine forth the way to Him so that all may come to know and experience His peace, love and joy.

You alone Lord Jesus are unrivalled, there is no God but You. Teach me Your integrity, that I may serve You with honour. Let victory and glory be mine through You O Lord, against the enemies of darkness. 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.’


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.’