On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 7, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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What is your vocation in life? Whether we are single or married, rich or poor we are all called to holiness and to the building up of God our Father’s Kingdom. And that should be our primary focus, to glorify the Lord our God by our lives. For our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ set us free to live fully in His love, mercy and peace. He has given us everything!

How then can we withhold anything for ourselves? Can we who have more than enough withhold food and drink from our hungry, thirsty brethren who have none? Can we leave those who are mourning, depressed or struggling without comfort while we rejoice on our own?

We should never be content with what we own or what material wealth we have. For we have been raised with Christ, and must set our hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Let us set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Amen (Col 3:1-2)

First reading

1 CORINTHIANS 7:25-31 ·

The world as we know it is passing away

About remaining celibate, I have no directions from the Lord but give my own opinion as one who, by the Lord’s mercy, has stayed faithful. Well then, I believe that in these present times of stress this is right: that it is good for a man to stay as he is. If you are tied to a wife, do not look for freedom; if you are free of a wife, then do not look for one. But if you marry, it is no sin, and it is not a sin for a young girl to get married. They will have their troubles, though, in their married life, and I should like to spare you that.

Brothers, this is what I mean: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel

LUKE 6:20-26

Happy are you who are poor, who are hungry, who weep

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.

Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.

Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.

Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.

Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.

‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

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