On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 24, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Today in this day and age of technological advancement, where there are so many different modes of communication which can reach masses, why have many still not heard the wonders of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ? Why have they not come in droves to be in His presence in our churches? To be touched and healed? To have their lives transformed by Him so that they live new lives in love, peace and joy?

Are our spirits unclean that we have remained silent? That we cannot praise and Glorify His name?

Come now sister and brother in Christ, the love we have for Jesus in our hearts should be bursting to the the point we cannot but share His love both in word and in deed with everyone we meet. We will use whatever means we have to communicate and share our testimonies of His great love and mercy. To share in the joy of the Gospel.

For Jesus had come to redeem us, so that we can be fully reconciled with God our Heavenly Father. By His life, death and resurrection we have hope of eternal life with Him. Can such a joyous and wonderful message be kept contained within your hearts? No! Let us share in the joy of our Risen Lord with one and all. Amen

St Francis De Sales pray for us…

First reading

Hebrews 7:25-8:6
He has offered sacrifice once and for all by offering himself

The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.
To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because he has done this once and for all by offering himself. The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.
The great point of all that we have said is that we have a high priest of exactly this kind. He has his place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in the heavens, and he is the minister of the sanctuary and of the true Tent of Meeting which the Lord, and not any man, set up. It is the duty of every high priest to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so this one too must have something to offer. In fact, if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are others who make the offerings laid down by the Law and these only maintain the service of a model or a reflection of the heavenly realities. For Moses, when he had the Tent to build, was warned by God who said: See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.
We have seen that he has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises.

Gospel

Mark 3:7-12
He warned them not to make him known as the Son of God

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

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