On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 9, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Do we see clearly the glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Do we hear clearly His word and Will for us? Do we feel His presence with us from the early morn to the dead of night? If our answer is Yes!

Then surely we see Him in our brethren of whom we love and serve. Especially in those who are difficult to love, who probably have not experienced His love and mercy yet. We will not see the faults in them or others but rather we will strive to examine our very own consciences daily as we seek to be perfected by Jesus who alone is perfect!

We will affirm the good works of one another and are edified by the successes of our brethren who glorify the Lord our God by their lives. We never tire or give up hope in our endeavours to share the Good News, for even in our shortcomings and seeming ‘failures’ it is Christ our Lord who waters and grows the seed we sow for Him. We are always lifted and strengthened through His grace and love for us.

Lord Jesus Bless us and keep us in Your loving care as we live our lives for the sake of the Gospel, Your everlasting Word. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-27

We go into strict training, like fighters at the games

I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach it! If I had chosen this work myself, I might have been paid for it, but as I have not, it is a responsibility which has been put into my hands. Do you know what my reward is? It is this: in my preaching, to be able to offer the Good News free, and not insist on the rights which the gospel gives me.

    So though I am not a slave of any man I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could. I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings.

    All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win. All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither. That is how I run, intent on winning; that is how I fight, not beating the air. I treat my body hard and make it obey me, for, having been an announcer myself, I should not want to be disqualified.

Gospel

Luke 6:39-42

Can the blind lead the blind?

Jesus told a parable to the disciples: ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.’

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