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Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: February 26, 2022 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections
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Heart and Mouth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:


Sirach 27:4–7
Psalm 92:2–3, 13–16
1 Corinthians 15:54–58
Luke 6:39–45

In today’s readings we hear Jesus speaking in Galilee as well as a Jewish sage named Sirach writing in Jerusalem more than a century earlier. The two of them touch upon a single truth: The words that come out of us make known the hidden thoughts within us. Speech reveals the secrets of the heart.
Sirach teaches that speaking is “the test of men” and their character. One who is upright will utter words that are truthful and encouraging to others. But one whose heart is cluttered with “refuse” will be exposed, since the “fruit” of his mouth speaks volumes about the “tree” that produces it. Sirach also compares the testing of our words to clay fired in a kiln—if properly prepared, a useful vessel emerges; but if the clay is not fully dried, it will break apart in the extreme heat.


In a similar way, Jesus insists that a person speaks “out of the abundance of the heart.” He too compares our speech, whether good or bad, to what grows on a tree: “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.”


Both readings urge us to make wholesome speech a habit. After all, much about who we are is brought to light through what we say. But there’s an additional step: The Lord is asking us to look inward, to examine our hearts and fill them with the “good treasure” that God desires.


Why do purity of heart and speech matter so much? Because, as Jesus declares elsewhere: “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). They matter because they help to decide our final judgment, and this is where the Second Reading comes in. Paul reminds us that God will destroy death forever, and if we are to share in this victory and live forever with the Lord, then we must take all steps necessary to give our hearts and lips to what is good.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 26, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The heartfelt prayer of a good man works very powerfully.

What then makes a good man?

Am I a good man?

Do I fight and struggle to turn away from all sin and temptation?

Do I recognise that I am child of God truly loved by God my Heavenly Father?

Do I recognise my sisters and brothers fellow children of God my Heavenly Father?

Both the very young and the very old?

Do I seek out whenever I can and attend to all those in need?

Do others think and know that I am indeed a good man after the heart of my Lord and Saviour?

The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

Do I prayer in faith?

How have my faith grown over the years?

Is growth of my faith reflected in my prayer life?

How often in a day to pray to my Lord?

To sit in His presence listening?

To hear me tell me how should I pray for my brethren?

Lord Jesus “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Let me grow deeper in my faith and love of You. Amen

First Reading James 5:13-20 ·

A good man’s heartfelt prayer has great power

If any one of you is in trouble, he should pray; if anyone is feeling happy, he should sing a psalm. If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, and this will cure you; the heartfelt prayer of a good man works very powerfully. Elijah was a human being like ourselves – he prayed hard for it not to rain, and no rain fell for three-and-a-half years; then he prayed again and the sky gave rain and the earth gave crops.

    My brothers, if one of you strays away from the truth, and another brings him back to it, he may be sure that anyone who can bring back a sinner from the wrong way that he has taken will be saving a soul from death and covering up a great number of sins.

Gospel Mark 10:13-16

It is to such as these little children that the kingdom of God belongs

People were bringing little children to Jesus, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.