On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 13, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Our Heavenly Father Wills that all His children, we will be with Him for all eternity. Our free will given out of love, allows us to choose for ourselves if we want that reality. For in making that choice we are choosing to be obedient, to strive amidst great challenges to remain steadfast in faith and love. We must help one another remain so through the sharing of our faith and love of our Lord who reigns in our hearts. This is only to be found in community, one body,one Church.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ our bondages to sin has been broken, for He has come to reconcile us with Him, through Him and in Him. Let our renewed faith lead others to Him. Let us carry those crippled by sin to Him so that seeing our faith, He will restore what was lost.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the World. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 4:1-5,11

Be careful: the promise of reaching the place of rest that God had for the Israelites still holds good, and none of you must think that he has come too late for it. We received the Good News exactly as they did; but hearing the message did them no good because they did not share the faith of those who listened. We, however, who have faith, shall reach a place of rest, as in the text: And so, in anger, I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them. God’s work was undoubtedly all finished at the beginning of the world; as one text says, referring to the seventh day: After all his work God rested on the seventh day. The text we are considering says: They shall not reach the place of rest I had for them. We must therefore do everything we can to reach this place of rest, or some of you might copy this example of disobedience and be lost.

Gospel
Mark 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, word went round that he was back; and so many people collected that there was no room left, even in front of the door. He was preaching the word to them when some people came bringing him a paralytic carried by four men, but as the crowd made it impossible to get the man to him, they stripped the roof over the place where Jesus was; and when they had made an opening, they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic lay. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some scribes were sitting there, and they thought to themselves, ‘How can this man talk like that? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins but God?’ Jesus, inwardly aware that this was what they were thinking, said to them, ‘Why do you have these thoughts in your hearts? Which of these is easier: to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven” or to say, “Get up, pick up your stretcher and walk”? But to prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,’– he turned to the paralytic;– ‘I order you: get up, pick up your stretcher, and go off home.’ And the man got up, picked up his stretcher at once and walked out in front of everyone, so that they were all astounded and praised God saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’

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