On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 30, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Are we faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do we fall back to old habits and sins with no remorse. Thinking to ourselves maybe tomorrow I will return to the Lord? There is always tomorrow! And so what if tomorrow never comes? For there are many who will not live past today.

Let us live in the present and in the presence of Him who loves us.  We may fall from time to time,, but let always be quick to return to the mercy of our Saviour Jesus Christ. For He will heal and liberate our contrite hearts from all that prevents us from truly being loving and Holy as He is.

O my Jesus, I want to grow in maturity of faith and love. May Your wisdom my Lord and Your grace be upon me. Amen

First reading
1 John 2:12-17

I am writing to you, my own children, whose sins have already been forgiven through his name;

I am writing to you, fathers,
who have come to know the one who has existed since the beginning;

I am writing to you, young men, who have already overcome the Evil One;

I have written to you, children,
because you already know the Father;

I have written to you, fathers,
because you have come to know the one who has existed since the beginning;

I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and God’s word has made its home in you, and you have overcome the Evil One.

You must not love this passing world or anything that is in the world.

The love of the Father cannot be in any man who loves the world, because nothing the world has to offer

– the sensual body,
the lustful eye,
pride in possessions –
could ever come from the Father but only from the world; and the world, with all it craves for, is coming to an end; but anyone who does the will of God remains for ever.

Gospel
Luke 2:36-40

There was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

  When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.

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