On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 30, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Although very few will openly share their skepticism, many still do not fully believe in the Holy Spirit. And the sad reality is that it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can hope to reach the depths of God. Still many claim to believe and are even willing to pray set prayers to the Holy Spirit invoking Him to come and dwell within them and yet do not live a life in the Spirit!

For to live a life in the Spirit takes discipline, and a growing desire to want more and more of Him. To grow deeper in love with Jesus our Lord each day and always seeking to know the mind and Will of God our Heavenly Father. We awake each day with joy as we await new adventures as we walk in His presence.

Then all will know the power of our resurrected Lord as we become powerful instruments of His grace. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

1 Corinthians 2:10-16 ·

The Spirit reaches even the depths of God

The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says: Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

Gospel

Luke 4:31-37

‘I know who you are: the Holy One of God’

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.

    In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

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