On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 25, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Today let us reflect on how deep our own conversion of hearts has been. For we are all born sinners and no one baptised and has come to the knowledge of Christ can say there has been no conversion.

In the Lord’s great mercy He sees the good in our hearts. And no matter how grievous our sin, He is ready and willing to forgive. So that by His example we too can be merciful and loving to others. If and when we deserve to be struck down, it is only so He can build us up anew.  He sends messengers our way to guide us on our way and soon we become messengers ourselves for Him.

By our very own baptism we have been sent to share the Good News and have been given the same power and grace given to His disciples. To heal, cast out devils etc.  Why are we afraid or doubt? Why are we not confident in doing likewise? Is is not because our very own conversion is not deep enough? We are content on having a shallow relationship with our Lord and God.

Lord Jesus help and guide me so that I may enter into a deeper, loving relationship with You. Lord I surrender my life to You. Amen

First reading
Acts 22:3-16

Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well as men to prison in chains as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify, since they even sent me with letters to their brothers in Damascus. When I set off it was with the intention of bringing prisoners back from there to Jerusalem for punishment.

  ‘I was on that journey and nearly at Damascus when about midday a bright light from heaven suddenly shone round me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” I answered: Who are you, Lord? and he said to me, “I am Jesus the Nazarene, and you are persecuting me.” The people with me saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me. I said: What am I to do, Lord? The Lord answered, “Stand up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told what you have been appointed to do.” The light had been so dazzling that I was blind and my companions had to take me by the hand; and so I came to Damascus.

  ‘Someone called Ananias, a devout follower of the Law and highly thought of by all the Jews living there, came to see me; he stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight.” Instantly my sight came back and I was able to see him. Then he said, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Just One and hear his own voice speaking, because you are to be his witness before all mankind, testifying to what you have seen and heard. And now why delay? It is time you were baptised and had your sins washed away while invoking his name.”’

Gospel
Mark 16:15-18

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’

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