Catholic IrelandLiturgical Readings for : Thursday, 10th June, 2021
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Thursday of 10th week of Ordinary Time, Year 1
A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 3:15-4:1. 3-6
God has shone in our minds to radiate the light of the knowledge of God’s glory.
Even today, whenever Moses is read, the veil is over their minds. It will not be removed until they turn to the Lord. Now this Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.
Since we have by an act of mercy been entrusted with this work of administration, there is no weakening on our part. If our gospel does not penetrate the veil, then the veil is on those who are not on the way to salvation; the unbelievers whose minds the god of this world has blinded, to stop them seeing the light shed by the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For it is not ourselves that we are preaching, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. It is the same God that said, ‘Let there be light shining out of darkness’, who has shone in our minds to radiate the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, the glory on the face of Christ.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 84
Response The glory of the, Lord will dwell in our land.
1. I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land. Response
2. Mercy and faithfulness have met,
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven. Response
3. The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps. Response
Gospel Acclamation 1 Thess 2: 13
Accept God’s message it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking.
or Jn 13: 34
I give a new commandment: love one another just as i have loved you, says the Lord.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:20-26
Glory to you, O Lord.
Anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reflection Thursday, Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:20-26
Saint Paul makes a striking statement in today’s first reading, ‘this Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’. ‘Freedom’ is one of the great values of our age. There is an emphasis on people’s freedom to choose. Paul had a very particular understanding of freedom, ‘where the Spirit is, there is freedom’. For him, the truly free person is the person whose life is shaped by the Spirit, who is led by Spirit, in whose life is to be found the fruit of the Spirit. The primary fruit of the Spirit for Paul is love, love as it was revealed in the life of Christ, self-emptying love in the service of others. For Paul the truly free person is the person who is free to love in the way Jesus loved, to whom such a way of love comes easily and naturally. For Paul, the more we grow up into the loving person that Jesus was, the freer we are. The more we live out of that deeper virtue that Jesus speaks about in the gospel reading the more we display what Paul calls in his letter to the Romans ‘the glorious freedom of the children of God’.
Paul would say that we will only have that glorious freedom to the full when all is made new, beyond this earthly life. Yet, he would also say that here and now we can begin to taste that glorious freedom of God’s children in so far as we live our lives under the influence of the Lord’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021: You have the Words of Eternal life: by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/