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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 23, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Do we take after our Lord Jesus whom we love and serve? By leading all men and women into the peace and joy to be found in Him.

Or do we instead follow blindly the letter of the law and insists that everyone follow likewise else they be ostracised! What then was the Spirit of the law for which they were written? Was it not out of love for humanity that these were written?

Let us bring all our withered parts to our Lord to be restored and made whole. Those withered by our sins and sinful desires, our unforgiveness, our self righteousness, our indifference to the needs of others, our harmful thoughts, words and deeds against another.

O King of peace, Jesus our Lord reign in our hearts. Let us grow to be more and more like You each and everyday. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 7:1-3,15-17
You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, for ever

You remember that Melchizedek, king of Salem, a priest of God Most High, went to meet Abraham who was on his way back after defeating the kings, and blessed him; and also that it was to him that Abraham gave a tenth of all that he had. By the interpretation of his name, he is, first, ‘king of righteousness’ and also king of Salem, that is, ‘king of peace’; he has no father, mother or ancestry, and his life has no beginning or ending; he is like the Son of God. He remains a priest for ever.
This becomes even more clearly evident when there appears a second Melchizedek, who is a priest not by virtue of a law about physical descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it was about him that the prophecy was made: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

Gospel

Mark 3:1-6
Is it against the law on the sabbath day to save life?

Jesus went into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was better. The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.