On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 8, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Today I ask myself, how fearless am I living in God’s love?

Do I awake with a restlessness in my heart of facing yet another uncertain day? Have I any sins that I have not renounced that prevent me from living fully in His love? Have I neglected my loving Lord by not entering into His presence through prayer and dwelling on His word and will for me? Have I quickly forgotten the wonders of His love in my life? Have I allowed myself to be distracted by the lures of the world that I have let Jesus pass me by numerous times? Will this like many days end where I do not speak of God’s love for me and for all?

Or do I awake refreshed ready to dwell again in the love of my Lord. Knowing that whatever lies ahead, Jesus my Lord is by my side. And so I start the day in praise and thanksgiving for the many blessings in my life and the many blessings I will receive by my faithfulness. I enter into His presence ready to listen to Him as I fall into His loving embrace. As far as possible I seek to unite myself with Him fully through Holy Eucharist, I then go about my day with one mind and one heart in Him. The day does not end without me speaking about His love either by speech or in writing. Only then is this a day well lived in His love.

I am fearless because I am perfectly loved by my Lord Jesus Christ! Amen

First reading

1 John 4:11-18 ·
As long as we love one another God’s love will be complete in us

My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God; but as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us.
We can know that we are living in him
and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.
We ourselves saw and we testify that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God.
We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves.
God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.

Love will come to its perfection in us
when we can face the day of Judgement without fear; because even in this world
we have become as he is.
In love there can be no fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love: because to fear is to expect punishment, and anyone who is afraid is still imperfect in love.

Gospel

Mark 6:45-52
His disciples saw him walking on the lake

After the five thousand had eaten and were filled, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them he went off into the hills to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. He could see they were worn out with rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the lake. He was going to pass them by, but when they saw him walking on the lake they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they had all seen him and were terrified. But he at once spoke to them, and said, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind dropped. They were utterly and completely dumbfounded, because they had not seen what the miracle of the loaves meant; their minds were closed.

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