On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 9, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Let us never take the Lord our God for granted. For if we are obstinate in our sinful ways then we stand to lose everything, most of all our relationship with Him. Pray then that He is merciful to us even then, to allow us time to turn back to Him.

If we are unable to praise and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and God. Ask yourself why? What holds you back? What impedes you? Could it be that you have lost your relationship with Him or had one to begin with? Have you examined your conscience to see where you have erred? How have you sinned? Then turn to Him with all your heart and He will heal and free you! For whoever has encountered Jesus in that deep personal way will always want to and are free to rejoice, celebrate, praise and glorify Him by sharing Him with others Amen

First reading

1 Kings 11:29-32,12:19
Solomon is unfaithful; the Lord moderates his wrath

One day when Jeroboam had gone out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah of Shiloh accosted him on the road. Ahijah was wearing a new cloak; the two of them were in the open country by themselves. Ahijah took the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve strips, saying to Jeroboam, ‘Take ten strips for yourself, for thus the Lord speaks, the God of Israel, “I am going to tear the kingdom from Solomon’s hand and give ten tribes to you. He shall keep one tribe for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.’
And Israel has been separated from the House of David until the present day.

Gospel

Mark 7:31-37
‘He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak’

Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’

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