On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 21, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

For those of us not ordained as priests who are not consecrated, what then is our priestly function as laity through our baptism?

Is it not to offer prayers for those in need, those who cannot offer prayers for themselves? Even to fast at times, offer sacrifices of time, money and works of mercy? To aid in reconciling sinners with the Lord our God? To show the correct pathway to Him? Yes sisters and brothers in Christ, we have lots to do. And we are able to do them through the graces and strength we receive from our our Lord Jesus Christ.

Indeed we cannot do as we are called to do if we continue to hold on to our old sinful ways. Those who have been redeemed by Christ must live lives anew in Him. Put on His mantle to love and serve always. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 5:1-10 †
Although he was Son, he learned to obey through suffering

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel

Mark 2:18-22
‘Why do your disciples not fast?’

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’

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