On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 8, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The water of our baptism, the blood poured out for our redemption all has its source in Christ Jesus our Saviour. And the Holy Spirit proclaims this truth to us, providing the grace of faith to embrace and treasure these gifts.

For it is through the water and blood that flowed from side of Christ that our Church was born. And so it is from the source of life that we bear fruit.

The snares of the world like a flesh eating disease seeks to consume us. And drain the life of out of us. And this is how it is when we are disconnected from the love of God.

Jesus came to restore us and make us whole. If we but cry out to Him in faith, He will heal us. He will give us the Holy Spirit. So that we can glorify our Heavenly Father by living out faithful lives in Him eternally. Amen

First reading
1 John 5:5-13

Who can overcome the world?

Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:

Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness –

since the Spirit is the truth –
so that there are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and all three of them agree.

We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony,
given as evidence for his Son.

Everybody who believes in the Son of God has this testimony inside him; and anyone who will not believe God is making God out to be a liar, because he has not trusted the testimony God has given about his Son.

This is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life
and this life is in his Son;
anyone who has the Son has life, anyone who does not have the Son does not have life.

I have written all this to you
so that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may be sure that you have eternal life.

Gospel
Luke 5:12-16

Jesus was in one of the towns when a man appeared, covered with leprosy. Seeing Jesus he fell on his face and implored him. ‘Sir,’ he said ‘if you want to, you can cure me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, ‘Of course I want to! Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once. He ordered him to tell no one, ‘But go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering for your healing as Moses prescribed it, as evidence for them.’

  His reputation continued to grow, and large crowds would gather to hear him and to have their sickness cured, but he would always go off to some place where he could be alone and pray.

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