On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 31, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Are you still an infant in your faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

When you should not be battling habitual sin any longer but instead battling evil and encouraging others to turn away from sinfulness and sin to live in the presence of the Lord our God. You should be rebuking fevers and praying for healing in Jesus’s name and proclaiming the Good news of the kingdom of God here on earth!

Recently I remarked to my spiritual director that I was amazed and impressed by some Christian brothers and sisters who have been doing street evangelisation by reaching out to strangers in the street and performing healing in our Lord’s name. He replied what happens after the healing? Meaning to say what is the follow up. Although I left it there without answer, I have seen that our Christian sisters and brothers lead them first to prayer in accepting Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour and perhaps inviting some of them to Church. To me they were living out their faith put into action.

We who have the fullness of faith should be doing likewise and more! How can we remain infants in our faith?! As St Paul says in today’s first reading, we are fellow workers with God; you are God’s farm, God’s building. Let us be bold in our sowing and invite the Lord our God to be the one who makes things grow. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 ·

Neither the planter nor the waterer matters, only God, who makes things grow

Brothers, I myself was unable to speak to you as people of the Spirit: I treated you as sensual men, still infants in Christ. What I fed you with was milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it; and indeed, you are still not ready for it since you are still unspiritual. Isn’t that obvious from all the jealousy and wrangling that there is among you, from the way that you go on behaving like ordinary people? What could be more unspiritual than your slogans, ‘I am for Paul’ and ‘I am for Apollos’?

    After all, what is Apollos and what is Paul? They are servants who brought the faith to you. Even the different ways in which they brought it were assigned to them by the Lord. I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God made things grow. Neither the planter nor the waterer matters: only God, who makes things grow. It is all one who does the planting and who does the watering, and each will duly be paid according to his share in the work. We are fellow workers with God; you are God’s farm, God’s building.

Gospel

Luke 4:38-44

He would not allow them to speak because they knew he was the Christ

Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Leaning over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to wait on them.

    At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

    When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them, but he answered, ‘I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.’ And he continued his preaching in the synagogues of Judaea.

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