Archive for January 3, 2018

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

“Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.”

Can we be such convicted and bold witnesses to Jesus as St John the Baptist was? Many of us have had the healing touch of Jesus in our lives whether He had healed us Spiritually or physically. We have experienced His peace and joy after being fully reconciled to Him. Are we then to allow sin to rob us of our relationship with Him?

To be proud witnesses to Christ our Lord and God our loving Father we have to remain steadfast in His Word and prayer. And to invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us daily. Let us live as true children of God our loving Father. Amen

First reading
1 John 2:29-3:6

You know that God is righteous– then you must recognise that everyone whose life is righteous has been begotten by him.

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.
Anyone who sins at all
breaks the law, because to sin is to break the law.
Now you know that he appeared in order to abolish sin, and that in him there is no sin; anyone who lives in God does not sin, and anyone who sins has never seen him or known him.

John 1:29-34

Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’