On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: February 21, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We have a faithful, ever loving and merciful God. Who loves us so deeply He gave wholly of Himself. If we held this truth in our hearts would we ever have any doubt? Would we tire of serving the Lord our God? Would we ever feel alone and abandoned? Would fear be able to grip our hearts? Would we ever react with anger or aggression?

Jesus had told us that we should welcome little children in His name. Did he literally mean toddlers? Well in a sense many of us are still toddlers in our faith but most importantly we are children of God our Father. So again knowing this truth will we not welcome and care for the stranger in our midst? Afterall our Lord did say, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren , you do it to Me.”

Jesus my Lord, my joy is fulfilled in You. Do thou increase in me while I must decrease. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11

My son, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal.
Be sincere of heart, be steadfast, and do not be alarmed when disaster comes.
Cling to him and do not leave him, so that you may be honoured at the end of your days.
Whatever happens to you, accept it, and in the uncertainties of your humble state, be patient, since gold is tested in the fire, and chosen men in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust him and he will uphold you, follow a straight path and hope in him.
You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; do not turn aside in case you fall. You who fear the Lord, trust him, and you will not be baulked of your reward.
You who fear the Lord hope for good things, for everlasting happiness and mercy.
Look at the generations of old and see: who ever trusted in the Lord and was put to shame? Or who ever feared him steadfastly and was left forsaken? Or who ever called out to him, and was ignored?
For the Lord is compassionate and merciful, he forgives sins, and saves in days of distress.

Gospel
Mark 9:30-37

After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.
They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

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