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Many have chosen to migrate for a better life and opportunities. And many hold dear to and freely encourage others with Matthew 10:19 on how we should not worry about how or what to say and that the Holy Spirit will guide us by speaking in us.  Both ring true only if we have a deep personal relationship the Lord our God and  if we discern, hear and follow His Will for us.

Not a two minute prayer telling Him what we want to do and ending with a thy will be done! Then going ahead with our own plans. But truly spending time seeking His Will for us. For He only wants what is best for us and for our family. And some times what is best for us is not going where we want to or some times not saying anything at that time.

However most of us do not include our Lord in our Holiday or vacation planning. Why? Perhaps it is not in our habit to do so or simply we think it is not a big enough deal? We might only include Him for live changing things such as job opportunities and such! What then is the extend of our relationship with Him?

Lord Jesus You are my all in all, let me dwell with and in You; as I seek to do Your Holy Will for me and my family always. Amen 

First reading

Genesis 46:1-7,28-30

‘I can die, now that I have seen you alive’

Israel left Canaan with his possessions, and reached Beersheba. There he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in a vision at night, ‘Jacob, Jacob’, he said. ‘I am here’, he replied. ‘I am God, the God of your father’, he continued. ‘Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I myself will go down to Egypt with you. I myself will bring you back again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.’ Then Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons conveyed their father Jacob, their little children and their wives in the waggons Pharaoh had sent to fetch him.

    Taking their livestock and all that they had acquired in the land of Canaan, they went to Egypt, Jacob and all his family with him: his sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his grand-daughters, in a word, all his children he took with him to Egypt.

    Israel sent Judah ahead to Joseph, so that the latter might present himself to him in Goshen. When they arrived in the land of Goshen, Joseph had his chariot made ready and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. As soon as he appeared he threw his arms round his neck and for a long time wept on his shoulder. Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now I can die, now that I have seen you again, and seen you still alive.’

Gospel

Matthew 10:16-23

The Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Remember, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves.

    ‘Beware of men: they will hand you over to sanhedrins and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the pagans. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how to speak or what to say; what you are to say will be given to you when the time comes; because it is not you who will be speaking; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you. ‘Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name; but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved. If they persecute you in one town, take refuge in the next; and if they persecute you in that, take refuge in another. I tell you solemnly, you will not have gone the round of the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.’

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.’