On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

The work we do to earn a living should always have the Lord our God in the centre of it all. For by the work of our hands we can glorify Him as we ought. More so the work we do in our Parish communities, ministries, Parish Council and so on. The focus should never be about the work itself. It must always be about building the kingdom of God and leading one another to greater Holiness. Hence are we praying together? Are we sharing the Word? Are we helping to form one another by teaching what we have learned through our shepherds, inspired works or church doctrine?

Our Lord Jesus Christ led by example. He showed us that no matter how busy He was or was going to be, He would always go to a quiet place to be alone with God our Father in prayer. For it is by the Grace of God our Father that we are renewed, nourished and strengthened. While Jesus healed and taught, His primary focus was to build the kingdom of God His Father by preaching the Word.

Lord Jesus Christ, You shared in all things and in all ways our humanity. And again You share Your divinity with us through the Holy Eucharist. Let us be nourished and strengthened to always do Your will for us. May our focus always be about the reign of God in our lives and building Your Kingdom. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 2:14-18 †
He took to himself descent from Abraham

Since all the children share the same blood and flesh, Christ too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers so that he could be a compassionate and trustworthy high priest of God’s religion, able to atone for human sins. That is, because he has himself been through temptation he is able to help others who are tempted.

Gospel

Mark 1:29-39
He cast out devils and cured many who were suffering from disease

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.
In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

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