On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 23, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We have been given the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit and apart from Him, we too have been given the gift of the Holy Sacraments let us never take them for granted. For it was from Jesus Himself who instituted and handed them down for us to experience His everlasting presence here on earth; and so that through them we have life to the full.

Therefore let us seek to be renewed by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ each and every day. To be changed from within as we strive to turn fully away from all sin and to be faithful to the Gospel.

Jesus I want more of You in my life. Change me Lord to be ever more like You. So that I may bring Your light, joy, peace and love into this broken world in need of You our Saviour. Amen

Saint Rose of Lima Pray for us…. 

First reading

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,14-17 ·

Stand firm and keep the traditions we have taught you

To turn, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall all be gathered round him: please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any prediction or rumour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the Day of the Lord has already arrived. Never let anyone deceive you in this way.

    Through the Good News that we brought God called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say.

Gospel

Matthew 23:23-26

Clean the inside of the cup first, so that the outside may become clean

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who pay your tithe of mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law – justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others. You blind guides! Straining out gnats and swallowing camels!

    ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who clean the outside of cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance. Blind Pharisee! Clean the inside of cup and dish first so that the outside may become clean as well.’

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