The people who hear Jesus are amazed at his gracious words, yet they insist on measuring him according to their own inadequate standards. What Jesus offers is beyond this world, and what he asks is also beyond this world. St Paul reminds us, "Be ambitious for the higher gifts."
Jer 1:4-5, 17-19Psalm:
R. I will sing of your salvation.2nd Reading:
1 Cor 12:31-13:13Gospel:
Christ commands: "Put out into deep water". If we are willing to take this risk, then our nets will be filled. In the face of such goodness, we can be ashamed of our faults and failings but in Christ, we are cleansed of sin, and he gives us life in abundance. "Do not be afraid."
Is 6:1-2, 3-8Psalm:
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.2nd Reading:
1 Cor 15:1-11Gospel:
From a stretch of level ground, Jesus levels so many of our preconceptions. He declares, Blessed are the poor, the hungry, the weeping and the hated - all those whose hearts cry out in longing and expectation for what can only be satisfied by God: "Blessed are they".
R. Happy are they who hope in the Lord.2nd Reading:
1 Cor 15:12, 16-20Gospel:
Luke 6:17, 20-26
Christ commands, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you". This seems an impossible request, except for faith, for what He commands, He makes possible, and He leaves us his own own life as an example to follow.
1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 11-13, 22-23Psalm:
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.2nd Reading:
1 Cor 15:45-49Gospel:
Jesus reminds us that, rather than finding fault with others, we are called to seek to perfect our own lives by striving for holiness. When we strive for holiness in life, it will be obvious in the fruit we bear, which finds its source in the goodness of our heart.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.2nd Reading:
1 Cor 15:54-58Gospel: