On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 6, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Yes we are all called to share the joy of the Gospel with others. But in order to do so there must be joy in our hearts that can only come from the in dwelling of God’s love from within. This only takes place when we have a desire to grow in our love and relationship with the Lord our God through His Word. Through the dedication of having a prayer and sacramental life. Then we are ready to be humbled and taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. He will hold us up when we fall or fail. Through His guidance the seeds we sow will sprout.

Many will see the changes in you and want to have what you have. The inner peace and joy that comes with the presence of the Lord. These will listen to you when you share. Likewise there will be many who are not convinced and will reject what you say or do. Love them nonetheless and over time their hearts may change but even if it does not, you would have done the Lord’s bidding and are at peace.

Teach me Lord to walk always Your way, truth and life. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 12:4-7,11-15
God is training you as his sons

In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.
Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons. Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.
Always be wanting peace with all people, and the holiness without which no one can ever see the Lord. Be careful that no one is deprived of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness should begin to grow and make trouble; this can poison a whole community.

Gospel

Mark 6:1-6
‘A prophet is only despised in his own country’

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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