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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 9, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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When we surrender fully to the Lord our God trusting He has great plans for us, He will give us the graces we need to do His Will. We will witness His hand in all that we do. What we would normally do in a week, we can accomplish in a day through Him. We are renewed and invigorated! Strength and speed are ours to accomplish His call for us. We can forgive the gravest hurts caused by our brethren, for when we choose to remain steadfast in His love; He gives us His peace, love and joy to do so.

However if we choose unforgiveness, then we distant ourselves from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Woe to us indeed if we curse out brother or sister, for in doing so we are murderers of their spirit! Retaliation of any kind will not be tolerated for God is love and such actions are going against His love for us and for one another. Therefore we must always seek reconciliation, we must forgive as we are forgiven.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Amen

Saint Ephraem pray for us….

First reading

1 Kings 18:41-46

‘A cloud no bigger than a man’s hand’

Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go back, eat and drink; for I hear the sound of rain.’ While Ahab went back to eat and drink, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the earth, putting his face between his knees. ‘Now go up,’ he told his servant ‘and look out to the sea.’ He went up and looked. ‘There is nothing at all’ he said. ‘Go back seven times’ Elijah said. The seventh time, the servant said, ‘Now there is a cloud, small as a man’s hand, rising from the sea.’ Elijah said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness the chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’ And with that the sky grew dark with cloud and storm, and rain fell in torrents. Ahab mounted his chariot and made for Jezreel. The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and tucking up his cloak he ran in front of Ahab as far as the outskirts of Jezreel.

Gospel

Matthew 5:20-26

Anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

    ‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’