On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: February 1, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Have you not seen the many wonders, signs and miracles from our Lord that still takes place all around us? Have you not heard the many testimonies of those who have encountered Jesus in their lives? Testimonies from your own family members? Your friends, colleagues? Open your heart, listen and see, so that you will experience His glory through faith.
Do not allow your wilfulness or pride prevent you from coming to Him. And do not allow the cancer of sin to spread and grow, for bitter desolate lives awaits those who refuse to listen.

A humble contrite spirit Jesus will never spurn. So unite your will with His and be healed. And live the joy of new life in Him. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 12:4-7,11-15

In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.
Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons. Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.
Always be wanting peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one can ever see the Lord. Be careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble; this can poison a whole community.

Gospel
Mark 6:1-6

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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