On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 26, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do you have a relationship with God? Ask anyone who is a believer and they will readily say Yes!  But ask them how they nurture that relationship, how close are they or how are they deepening that relationship and you’ll often meet with silence.

What about those who say they have a Familial relationship with God? How are they exemplifying that relationship in their lives? With their families and friends? The people they meet?

Being in a loving, ever growing relationship with the Holy Trinity is beyond words. From the moment one wakes to the time one sleeps; thoughts, words and actions are a prayer to God.  We live in Him as He lives in us. His power, love and peace is upon us. And we can witness to Him with heads held high.

Do not despair if you have not yet encountered Him in a deep personal way. Surely you would have experienced moments of great peace and tranquility either in Adoration,  in a retreat or simply quiet time in prayer. The thing is to desire and want more. Turn away from the old way of life and seek Him our Lord earnestly. And you will surely find Him waiting to embrace you in His love. Amen

St Timothy, St Titus pray for us…

First reading
2 Timothy 1:1-8

From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of mine, wishing you grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

  Night and day I thank God, keeping my conscience clear and remembering my duty to him as my ancestors did, and always I remember you in my prayers; I remember your tears and long to see you again to complete my happiness. Then I am reminded of the sincere faith which you have; it came first to live in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I have no doubt that it is the same faith in you as well.

  That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy.

Gospel
Mark 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

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