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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The number one enemy for those striving for Holiness is pride. Especially those who pride themselves in thinking they know more and are constantly comparing themselves with others. Some lay claim to know the will of God and instruct others using His name to push their very own agendas. Some will appoint leaders of others without proper and strenuous discernment stating that it is God who qualifies those He has chosen; yes indeed it is the Lord our God who will qualify those He has chosen to do His Will, and are prepared to sacrifice all for His flock.

Let us look within our hearts to see then if we are humble before the Lord our God and before our fellow servants of the Lord. I for want struggle daily with whether my words, thoughts and deeds are for building His Kingdom or my very own? Do I have the interest of His flock in mind or my own? I pray that I may never be pridefully blind to my own failings and shortcomings.

Lord grant Your servant a listening ear to always hear Your soft promptings guiding and showing me the way to Your Kingdom. Amen

First reading

Romans 2:1-11 ·
Do you think you will escape God’s judgement?

No matter who you are, if you pass judgement you have no excuse. In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge. We know that God condemns that sort of behaviour impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God’s judgement? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realising that this goodness of God is meant to lead you to repentance? Your stubborn refusal to repent is only adding to the anger God will have towards you on that day of anger when his just judgements will be made known. He will repay each one as his works deserve. For those who sought renown and honour and immortality by always doing good there will be eternal life; for the unsubmissive who refused to take truth for their guide and took depravity instead, there will be anger and fury. Pain and suffering will come to every human being who employs himself in evil – Jews first, but Greeks as well; renown, honour and peace will come to everyone who does good – Jews first, but Greeks as well. God has no favourites.

Gospel

Luke 11:42-46
You overlook justice and the love of God

The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!
A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’
‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’