On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 23, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Love, sacrifice and recognition of the good and sacrifice of others.  How rare it is to be found. And yet this is the path of a true disciple of Christ.

Least of all to understand this are family members. Unless they too are on a similar path. And while all of us are given free will; it is should not be surprising to find that others would want to impose their will on us.

Jesus it is You alone I follow, lead me on Lord; lead me on to You! Amen

First reading
2 Samuel 1:1-4,11-12,17,19,23-27

David returned from his rout of the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. On the third day a man came from the camp where Saul had been, his garments torn and earth on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and did homage. ‘Where do you come from?’ David asked him. ‘I have escaped from the Israelite camp’ he said. David said to him, ‘What happened? Tell me.’ He replied, ‘The people have fled from the battlefield and many of them have fallen. Saul and his son Jonathan are dead too.’

  Then David took hold of his garments and tore them, and all the men with him did the same. They mourned and wept and fasted until the evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, for the people of The Lord and for the House of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

  Then David made this lament over Saul and his son Jonathan.

Alas, the glory of Israel has been slain on your heights!
How did the heroes fall?

Saul and Jonathan, loved and lovely, neither in life, nor in death, were divided.

Swifter than eagles were they,
stronger were they than lions.

O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul who clothed you in scarlet and fine linen, who set brooches of gold on your garments.

How did the heroes fall in the thick of the battle?

O Jonathan, in your death I am stricken, I am desolate for you, Jonathan my brother.

Very dear to me you were,
your love to me more wonderful than the love of a woman.

How did the heroes fall
and the battle armour fail?

Mark 3:20-21

Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind.

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