This passage is also the earliest record in the New Testament of the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday night. Jesus meets a centurion in our Gospel today whose faith is far stronger than many of those who follow him.
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He does not need Jesus to come to his house for his servant to be cured but only wants Jesus to will it or say it. This is the faith which we are all called to have — complete trust and belief in the Son of God no matter what.
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The first reading from the letter to the Ephesians is one which was quoted from by St Albert in the Rule of Life he left for the first Carmelites. The passage reminds us that even though has been won by the Christian is to remain vigilant because the forces are still at work, trying to lead people away from God. In his Rule , Albert exhorted the early hermits to be aware of the presence of the evil one and to arm themselves against him.
The gospel text reminds us that we are servants to one another and are not to be served. We are servants of God, servants of the Gospel, and servants of one another. This is very much found in the Carmelite Rule where the Prior is first among equals and is not their lord or master, but is their leader for a time.
These readings are particularly important for us as Carmelites as they give scriptural grounding to our way of life. In our first reading today St Paul uses the analogy of the body to speak about the Church.
The body is made up of many diverse parts and yet they all work together to form a seamless and organic unit. So too with the Church — we all make up the Church which is the Body of Christ and of which Christ is the head. Though we are many people we still make up the one Body of Christ, each with his or her own part to play. The greatest force we have is love and if we act and do everything from the principle of love then the kingdom of God will be ours.
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If we fail to act with love then nothing we do will matter at all. Paul writes about what love is not and then tells us what love is. In the Gospel, Christ is rebuking the people because they do not listen to him because he does not act as they would have the Messiah act. John the Baptist did and they did not listen to him either. Christ has taught us to love one another following his example and that is the challenge for us today.
The message that St Paul preaches is the true message of Christ and he reminds the Corinthians of what it is he is preaching. He preaches about Christ crucified but also Christ risen from the dead. This latter part he backs up by talking about Christ appearing to himself but also to others following the resurrection — in some cases these accounts are found nowhere else in the Bible.
Thursday, Week 24 20 September. Thursday, Week 24 September 20th, 1st Reading: St Matthew, apostle and Evangelist 21 September. St Matthew, apostle and Evangelist September 21st, 1st Reading: Saturday, Week 25 22 September. Saturday, Week 25 September 22nd, 1st Reading: Monday, Week 25 24 September. Monday, Week 25 September 24th, 1st Reading: Tuesday, Week 25 25 September. Tuesday, Week 25 September 25th, 1st Reading: Wednesday, Week 25 26 September. Wednesday, Week 25 September 26th, 1st Reading: Thursday, Week 25 27 September.
Thursday, Week 25 September 27th, 1st Reading: Vanity of vanities Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.
At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
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Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; with the ten stringed lyre chant his praises. Sing to him a new song; pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. For upright is the word of the Lord, and all his works are trustworthy.
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He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. May your kindness, o Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you. Verscicle before the Gospel Cf. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life, you have the words of everlasting life. Hide 1 st Reading and Psalm. Our service Home What's evangeli.
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