On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 4, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Yes in a sense holiness is far more difficult to strive for. To many it is far easier to go with the flow. To conform to the ways of the world so as not to stand out for the ‘wrong’ reasons. To be called stiff necked or old fashioned. Small or venial sins are okay, God will understand we are only human.

Really? Why would the Lord your God want less for you? Why would He want to allow you to fall into a greater pit? Your ways are not God ways, your thoughts are not His thoughts.

Those who strive for Holiness are those who recognise just how truly loved they are by God our Father. They seek out the Lamb of God, their Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to be His presence. To grow in their faith, knowledge and most of all their relationship with Him. Through Him love is revealed, love is fulfilled. His grace is sufficient for those who walk on the path to greater holiness.

Lord Jesus I want to always be in Your presence. Transform me Lord, grant me what I need to do Your will. And to lead others to the knowledge of You. Amen

First reading

1 John 3:7-10
No-one sins who has been begotten by God

My children, do not let anyone lead you astray:
to live a holy life is to be holy just as he is holy;
to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil, since the devil was a sinner from the beginning.
It was to undo all that the devil has done that the Son of God appeared.
No one who has been begotten by God sins;because God’s seed remains inside him,
he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God.

In this way we distinguish the children of God
from the children of the devil: anybody not living a holy life and not loving his brother is no child of God’s.

Gospel

John 1:35-42
‘We have found the Messiah’

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.

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