On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 4, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Jesus our Lord was born into an imperfect world. He came so that we might be made perfect through Him, to live in the Kingdom of God.

This truth has been given to us. All who believe and have heeded the call to repentance has encountered Him. Many have been healed, set free to love and serve Him by bringing others to Him.

Even today there are many bringing His love, peace and healing to all.

Be wary however there are also many preaching a different Christ and the focus is often upon them and what they do in His name.

Heavenly Father we thank You for Jesus Your Son. May we always be attentive to His call. And docile to His promptings into the way of life with You. Amen

First reading
1 John 3:22-4:6

Whatever we ask God, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants.

His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another
as he told us to.

Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him.

We know that he lives in us
by the Spirit that he has given us.

It is not every spirit, my dear people, that you can trust; test them, to see if they come from God, there are many false prophets, now, in the world.

You can tell the spirits that come from God by this: every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus the Christ has come in the flesh is from God; but any spirit which will not say this of Jesus is not from God, but is the spirit of Antichrist, whose coming you were warned about.

Well, now he is here, in the world. Children, you have already overcome these false prophets, because you are from God and you have in you one who is greater than anyone in this world; as for them, they are of the world, and so they speak the language of the world and the world listens to them.

But we are children of God,
and those who know God listen to us; those who are not of God refuse to listen to us.

This is how we can tell the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood.

Gospel
Matthew 4:12-17,23-25

Hearing that John had been arrested, Jesus went back to Galilee, and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled:

‘Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations!

The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned.’

From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

  He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people. His fame spread throughout Syria, and those who were suffering from diseases and painful complaints of one kind or another, the possessed, epileptics, the paralysed, were all brought to him, and he cured them. Large crowds followed him, coming from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judaea and Transjordania.

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