On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus is our Lord and God. He is the Son of the living God sent to save us. So that we might have eternal life with Him.

Simple statements we may utter embedded in our memory but do we truly believe it? How can we say we believe it if we do not constantly contemplate on the mystery revealed to us. Or if we lead separate lives from our faith. Our faith is not simply one of mind but one of heart, mind and spirit as well. Centred on our relationship with Jesus.

God our Father we thank You for your dearly beloved Son our Lord and saviour. Through Him we will overcome the world. 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.

Gospel
Mark 1:6-11

You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

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.’

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