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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 6, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Is our faith a huge fairytale of sorts? Something made up for the weak minded to follow? How then can anyone explain the phenomenon of having learned men, women, scholars together with the so called ‘weak minded’ laying down their lives for our faith? Having their blood spilled?

Jesus, through the water and blood outpoured from His side had blessed us with His one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. And it’s growth and reach spread further and wider by the blood of the Martyrs. For Jesus the Son of God, Son of Man who promised eternal life with Him and our Heavenly Father; rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.

All of us who have encountered our living Lord and God will testify that while we were dead in our sins, He gave new life in Him and a foretaste of Heaven through the Holy Eucharist.

Glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 John 5:5-13

Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:
Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness–
since the Spirit is the truth–
so that there are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and all three of them agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son. Everybody who believes in the Son of God has this testimony inside him;
and anyone who will not believe God is making God out to be a liar, because he has not trusted the testimony God has given about his Son. This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son; anyone who has the Son has life, anyone who does not have the Son does not have life.

I have written all this to you so that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may be sure that you have eternal life.

Mark 1:6-11

In the course of his preaching John said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’