On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 16, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Can you fathom what an honour, what a privilege, how wonderfully special it was to be anointed by God in the days of the old Testament? To be chosen, to be set apart to be king to rule His people. He makes us worthy whether or not we are worthy to begin with. Saul had the physique, stature even upbringing to be a leader of men. God our Father elevated him and have him a unique opportunity to rule over His people.

The problem lies in our sinful nature to want what we don’t yet deserve and to want it now.  We choose to appoint ourselves as kings. To Lord ourselves over others. We become hungry for recognition.

Soon we lose sight of our  calling. To be Holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy. To be set apart to be priest, prophet and King for one another.

Jesus came to call on us sinners. To take away our sins and transform us so that we are made Holy once again. To follow Him and He will lead us home to our Heavenly Father. Amen

First reading
1 Samuel 9:1-4,17-19,10:1

Among the men of Benjamin there was a man named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a man of rank. He had a son named Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people. Now some of the she-donkeys of Saul’s father Kish had strayed, so Kish said to Saul, ‘My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the she-donkeys.’ They passed through the highlands of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but did not find them; they passed through the land of Shaalim, they were not there; they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.

  When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, ‘That is the man of whom I told you; he shall rule my people.’ Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, ‘Tell me, please, where the seer’s house is?’ Samuel replied to Saul, ‘I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You are to eat with me today. In the morning I shall take leave of you and tell you all that is in your heart.

  Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul’s head; then he kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you prince over his people Israel? You are the man who must rule the Lord’s people, and who must save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them.’

Gospel
Mark 2:13-17

Jesus went out to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

  When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

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