On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 7, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Are we ready to be sent into the world to spread the message of God’s love for His children? To share in the joy that the gate to heaven has been opened for us and we can live this very day in the Lord our God’s presence. To heal and restore what was lost in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How can we be ready if we choose sin over a life of prayer and abstinence? Over worldly pleasures in place of seeking to do the will of God? When our minds are consumed by social media, television, movies, games over the word of God? How then do we change?

While there is still breath in you there is little time left to make a difference. For our life here is fleeting just as the short term happiness some might receive from indulging in the pleasures the world offers. Turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and be set free from all vice and addictions. Make a commitment to live a grace filled life through prayer, constantly seeking to grow in Holiness. Then together with our sisters and brothers in Christ we will lead others to the joy and peace to be found in Him alone. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 12:18-19,21-24 †
You have come to Mount Zion and the city of the living God

What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing fire, or a gloom turning to total darkness, or a storm; or trumpeting thunder or the great voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them. The whole scene was so terrible that Moses said: I am afraid, and was trembling with fright. But what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival, with the whole Church in which everyone is a ‘first-born son’ and a citizen of heaven. You have come to God himself, the supreme Judge, and been placed with spirits of the saints who have been made perfect; and to Jesus, the mediator who brings a new covenant and a blood for purification which pleads more insistently than Abel’s.

Gospel

Mark 6:7-13
‘Take nothing with you’

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

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