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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 17, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Not one or the other but both! Love God and Love neighbour only difference is the order. For loving the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength above and beyond, is how we can then truly love neighbour or even ourselves. For He our loving Lord, loved us first even while we were still sinners!

No matter how holy or perfect we think we are, the battle of sin is ongoing with each and every one of us. We will all fall from time to time but let us never forget that we have a merciful Lord who will always embrace us with His mercy when we turn back to Him. So let us shut out the lies of the evil one who whispers unworthiness, unforgiveness, condemnation, guilt and shame!

So, with contrite hearts let us cry out “O Father I have sinned against heaven and against You, I am no longer good enough to be Your Son.” (Your daughter) “But only say the Word and I shall be healed, I shall be restored.” Amen

Saint Patrick pray for us…


First reading

Hosea 14:2-10

A call to conversion and promise of safety

The Lord says this:

Israel, come back to the Lord your God;

your iniquity was the cause of your downfall.

Provide yourself with words

and come back to the Lord.

Say to him, ‘Take all iniquity away

so that we may have happiness again

and offer you our words of praise.

Assyria cannot save us,

we will not ride horses any more,

or say, “Our God!” to what our own hands have made,

for you are the one in whom orphans find compassion.’

– I will heal their disloyalty,

I will love them with all my heart,

for my anger has turned from them.

I will fall like dew on Israel.

He shall bloom like the lily,

and thrust out roots like the poplar,

his shoots will spread far;

he will have the beauty of the olive

and the fragrance of Lebanon.

They will come back to live in my shade;

they will grow corn that flourishes,

they will cultivate vines

as renowned as the wine of Helbon.

What has Ephraim to do with idols any more

when it is I who hear his prayer and care for him?

I am like a cypress ever green,

all your fruitfulness comes from me.

Let the wise man understand these words.

Let the intelligent man grasp their meaning.

For the ways of the Lord are straight,

and virtuous men walk in them,

but sinners stumble.



Mark 12:28-34

‘You are not far from the kingdom of God’

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.