On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 2, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


If we will not dwell in His Word and the mysteries revealed to us, how can we live in the power of the anointing we had all received?

For it is through the anointing that we our desire for His knowledge and wisdom grows within us. The more we learn the more we realize how much more we still do not know for there is no end to to the depth of the knowledge and wisdom of God. The keys to more are in the teaching and sharing of it with all around us. And in humble servitude of others through the love of God in us.

We therefore are forerunners for Christ Jesus our Lord, preparing the way for the reception of Him into the hearts of the children of God our Heavenly Father. Amen

First reading
1 John 2:22-28

The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ–he is the liar, he is Antichrist; and he is denying the Father as well as the Son, because no one who has the Father can deny the Son, and to acknowledge the Son is to have the Father as well. Keep alive in yourselves what you were taught in the beginning: as long as what you were taught in the beginning is alive in you, you will live in the Son and in the Father; and what is promised to you by his own promise is eternal life. This is all that I am writing to you about the people who are trying to lead you astray. But you have not lost the anointing that he gave you, and you do not need anyone to teach you; the anointing he gave teaches you everything; you are anointed with truth, not with a lie, and as it has taught you, so you must stay in him. Live in Christ, then, my children, so that if he appears, we may have full confidence,
and not turn from him in shame at his coming.

Gospel
John 1:19-28

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:

a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord.’

Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you– unknown to you– the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

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