Archive for January 23, 2018

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 23, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Do we possess grateful hearts? Grateful to the Lord our God for His abundant blessings upon us? Grateful that He is present in our lives?

Otherwise we will only see what we do not have. Grow bitter and inward looking. Let us instead rejoice in the Lord, our saviour Jesus Christ! Praise and worship Him with all our hearts and not just in a charismatic prayer meeting but always and anywhere. With the joy of Him in our lives we are outward looking, we begin to see one another more clearly; as truly sisters and brothers in Him.

Let us encourage one another as we strive to do God our Father’s will through His son, our Lord and brother Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

2 Samuel 6:12-15,17-19

David went and brought the ark of God up from Obed-edom’s house to the Citadel of David with great rejoicing. When the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep. And David danced whirling round before the Lord with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth round him. Thus David and all the House of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with acclaim and the sound of the horn. They brought the ark of the Lord in and put it in position inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered holocausts before the Lord, and communion sacrifices. And when David had finished offering holocausts and communion sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts. He then distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, a roll of bread to each, a portion of dates, and a raisin cake. Then they all went away, each to his own house.


Mark 3:31-35

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’