Catholic Daily Readings for June 13 2019, Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year C

Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Today's Catholic Daily Readings and Reflections

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

1st Reading – 2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1, 3-6

Brothers and sisters:
15 To this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over the hearts of the children of Israel,

16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

18 All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.

1 Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown to us, we are not discouraged.

3 And even though our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing,

4 in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

5 For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus.

6 For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (see 10b) The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

9AB I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people. 10 Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land.
R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

11 Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. 12 Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

13 The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. 14 Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

Alleluia – John 13:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
34 I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples: 20 “I tell you unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

21 “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill, and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.

22 But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.

23 Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you,

24 leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25 Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise, your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

26 Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

Tomorrow's Catholic Daily Readings for June 14 2019, Friday

Yesterday's Catholic Daily Readings for June 12 2019, Wednesday

Catholic Mass Readings for Whole Year 2019

Catholic Daily Reflections - Leave Your Gift at the Altar – Matthew 5:23-24

Today Jesus is teaching us about the importance of reconciliation and repentance. This is very well intertwined with the greatest commandment of love.

Jesus says that if you go before Him to offer your sacrifice and you know very well that you have unresolved issues with your brother or sister, then you are wasting your time.

The main teaching today from Jesus is; love your neighbour and be at peace with him/her. After doing this, then you can comfortably go before our Holy, Holy Holy God with your sacrifice and pay Him homage.

The immediate context of this verse is, Jesus is warning us of the consequences of not loving our neighbours. He says, # we will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven # we will face the law, judgement and be thrown into prison # we will burn in the fiery Gehenna

This portrays how God intends us to approach Him in prayer and also in sacrifice. We first must love those who are physically close to us before going to those far apart and finally before God.

When we start by loving ourselves, the love within us out pours to these next to us and the same love spreads to the neighbourhood. This love then snowballs to other nations and to the world.

Love is the greatest commandment that Jesus gave us. Lets us love one another so that our Joy may be full.

Prayer: I love You, My God, with my whole heart and soul, above all things. This is because you are all good and therefore worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as I love myself for Your love. I forgive all who have transgressed against me and I ask forgiveness of all whom I have transgressed against. Amen.

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