On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 9, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Whatever we do in Jesus name, or whomever we serve through Him. Our Prayers will always be answered according to His Will. 

And when witness the fruits and hear the testimonies. We can delight in knowing we were well fashioned use worthy tools in our Master’s hands. No further recognition should be required nor sought after.  For to give Him glory alone is what liberates us from earthly desires.

We who strive to live in Him should encourage one another to do likewise. To pray for one another that our sins may be forgiven. To encourage even sometimes admonish one another so as to seek the Sacrament of reconciliation for the grave sins that will otherwise bring permanent death.

Let us stay awake together as we wait the return of our bridegroom, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
1 John 5:14-21

We are quite confident that if we ask the Son of God for anything, and it is in accordance with his will, he will hear us; and, knowing that whatever we may ask, he hears us, we know that we have already been granted what we asked of him.

If anybody sees his brother commit a sin that is not a deadly sin, he has only to pray, and God will give life to the sinner – not those who commit a deadly sin; for there is a sin that is death, and I will not say that you must pray about that.

Every kind of wrong-doing is sin, but not all sin is deadly.

We know that anyone who has been begotten by God does not sin, because the begotten Son of God protects him, and the Evil One does not touch him.

We know that we belong to God, but the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One.

We know, too, that the Son of God has come, and has given us the power to know the true God.

We are in the true God, as we are in his Son, Jesus Christ.

This is the true God, this is eternal life.

Children, be on your guard against false gods.

Gospel
John 3:22-30

Jesus went with his disciples into the Judaean countryside and stayed with them there and baptised. At the same time John was baptising at Aenon near Salim, where there was plenty of water, and people were going there to be baptised. This was before John had been put in prison.

  Now some of John’s disciples had opened a discussion with a Jew about purification, so they went to John and said, ‘Rabbi, the man who was with you on the far side of the Jordan, the man to whom you bore witness, is baptising now; and everyone is going to him.’

  John replied:

‘A man can lay claim
only to what is given him from heaven.

‘You yourselves can bear me out: I said: I myself am not the Christ; I am the one who has been sent in front of him.

‘The bride is only for the bridegroom; and yet the bridegroom’s friend, who stands there and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.

This same joy I feel, and now it is complete.

He must grow greater, I must grow smaller.’

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