On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 16, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Every now and then it dawns on me just how quicky time flies. And how many of us waste the hours and minutes we have in a day! Even working overtime, days and weeks on end is a waste! For then we live disconnected from the source of life, our vine, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

How many awake with the desire to first be in the presence of our loving Father in Heaven, to listen and be filled with His Word. To then go on eagerly waiting for Him to show us who we can love into His Kingdom today. How each minute and second in a day is precious to be living giving in our words, actions so as to bear fruit for Him.

Instead, many find themselves like the elder son in the parable of the Prodigal son, holding a performance-based mentality. Instead of living as sons and daughters so loved by their Father and ministering out of the wealth and abundance of His Kingdom, they work hard thinking they need to earn His love. They are suspicious and jealous of others and spend their days comparing to see what they have and have not. They curse and swear instead of Bless and Build!

Bless and anoint me afresh Father, so that I may live this and every day in the light of Your Son’s resurrection; to glorify You in all that I say and do. Amen

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First reading

Isaiah 56:1-3,6-8 ·

My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples

Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.

    Blessed is the man who does this and the son of man who clings to it: observing the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeping his hand from every evil deed.

    Let no foreigner who has attached himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.’ Let no eunuch say, ‘And I, I am a dried-up tree.’

    Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

    It is the Lord who speaks, who gathers the outcasts of Israel: there are others I will gather besides those already gathered.

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Gospel

John 5:33-36

‘John was a lamp alight and shining’

Jesus said to the Jews:

‘You sent messengers to John,

and he gave his testimony to the truth:

not that I depend on human testimony;

no, it is for your salvation that I speak of this.

John was a lamp alight and shining

and for a time you were content to enjoy the light that he gave.

But my testimony is greater than John’s:

the works my Father has given me to carry out,

these same works of mine testify

that the Father has sent me.’

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