On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 28, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How do we see innocent children who died in place of Jesus Christ our Lord whom they did not know, as martyrs for Him?

Perhaps if we dwell a little into this mystery we shall see that they died in place of the source of life itself. Who came to take away the sins of the world.  Sin of which claimed innocent lives! Jesus our Lord’s birth was the promise of new life in Him fulfilled. Therefore their shortlived lives brought them eternal rewards purchased by the blood of the lamb (of God).

If we do not acknowledge our sinful nature, renounce sin and strive always to live in the light of Christ, then we risk losing our lives permanently. We will not see that the fight against sin and evil is ours collectively as one Body In Christ. How can we recognise the other evil acts of satan? If we continue to be blind to the fact that abortion is the continued killing of Innocents!

Save us saviour of the world, for by your cross and Resurrection! You have set us free. Amen

First reading
1 John 1:5-2:2 ·
The blood of Jesus Christ purifies us all from sin


This is what we have heard from Jesus Christ, and the message that we are announcing to you:
God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.
If we say that we are in union with God
while we are living in darkness, we are lying because we are not living the truth.
But if we live our lives in the light, as he is in the light, we are in union with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we say we have no sin in us, we are deceiving ourselves and refusing to admit the truth; but if we acknowledge our sins, then God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and purify us from everything that is wrong.
To say that we have never sinned is to call God a liar and to show that his word is not in us.

I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s.

Gospel
Matthew 2:13-18
The massacre of the innocents

After the wise men had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.’ So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:

I called my son out of Egypt.

Herod was furious when he realised that he had been outwitted by the wise men, and in Bethlehem and its surrounding district he had all the male children killed who were two years old or under, reckoning by the date he had been careful to ask the wise men. It was then that the words spoken through the prophet Jeremiah were fulfilled:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loudly lamenting:
it was Rachel weeping for her children,
refusing to be comforted because they were no more.

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