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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 2, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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All us who love the Lord our God and know how much He truly loves us will strive for holiness, to be holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy. And through Christ we have hope of perfection to be one with the Saints in Heaven.

But what if we missed the mark? What if we were not as obedient or loving as we were called to be? In His great compassion, mercy and love God our Father sent His son to save us from the clutches of death through Sin. He will not abandon us and as St Paul reminds us today Hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us. We know that for a time we will be purged of all impurities, the fire of God’s love for us will test us like gold in a furnace. We will washed in the blood of the Lamb and will be white as snow.

Jesus is the source of all life, all who believe in Him will rise to new life with Him. Emmanuel! Now and for all eternity! Amen

First reading
Wisdom 3:1-9 ·
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation;
but they are in peace.
If they experienced punishment as men see it,
their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.
God has put them to the test
and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust.
When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out;
as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.
They shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king for ever.
They who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

Second reading
Romans 5:5-11 ·
Now we have been reconciled by the death of his Son, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son

Hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us. We were still helpless when at his appointed moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man – though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die – but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God’s anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son? Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.

Gospel
Luke 7:11-17
The only son of his mother, and she a widow

Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.