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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 14, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

“Treat me well and good and I will treat you very well and good, treat me poorly and I will treat you tenfold poorly!” This was my adage and perhaps many share the same or at the very least a similar one. But can a Christian hold to this? NO! we cannot for we ours is higher calling, to love beyond our limits. To love one another with a divine love that can only come through our faith, love and ever growing relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For how then can we love our enemies if not through His, peace, mercy and love!

Such grace is available to all who repents of their sins and turns to Him. It is never too late! For He had forgiven us from the Cross in which He hung and died for us. To free us from our sins and to give us hope of eternal life with Him. God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, and he has entrusted to us the news that all who believe and follow Jesus are reconciled. 2Co5:19

Today I am reminded Jesus, that You commanded us to love one another as You have loved us. Grant me the grace to do so in Your most precious name, as I endeavour to be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 21:17-29

The punishment of Ahab and Jezebel foretold

After the death of Naboth, the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth’s vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it. You are to say this to him, “The Lord says this: You have committed murder; now you usurp as well. For this – and the Lord says this – in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too.”’

    Ahab said to Elijah, ‘So you have found me out, O my enemy!’ Elijah answered, ‘I have found you out. For your double dealing, and since you have done what is displeasing to the Lord, I will now bring disaster down on you; I will sweep away your descendants, and wipe out every male belonging to the family of Ahab, fettered or free in Israel. I will treat your House as I treated the House of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah, for provoking my anger and leading Israel into sin. (Against Jezebel the Lord spoke these words: The dogs will eat Jezebel in the Field of Jezreel.) Those of Ahab’s family who die in the city, the dogs will eat; and those who die in the open country, the birds of the air will eat.’

    And indeed there never was anyone like Ahab for double dealing and for doing what is displeasing to the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the most abominable way, adhering to idols, just as the Amorites used to do whom the Lord had dispossessed for the sons of Israel.

    When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments and put sackcloth next his skin and fasted; he slept in the sackcloth; he walked with slow steps. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; I will bring the disaster down on his House in the days of his son.’


Matthew 5:43-48

Pray for those who persecute you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’