On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 5, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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God our Father’s love for His children has from the very beginning been one where His living Word is put into action. His Will ordered for our good. The greatest expression of His love, God sent His only Begotten Son as a sacrifice to redeem us.

Love one another as I have loved you was His commandment. And I am reminded of this in today’s Gospel on how I should love…

* ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’
* ‘Go and see.’
* get all the people together in groups on the green grass
* They collected

Pondering on each line leads me to dwell more deeply on His Word and what I must do…

Lord Jesus Bless my acts of love lifted up for You and my brethren today. That it may bear fruit for Your glory. Amen

First reading
1 John 4:7-10 ·
Let us love one another, since love comes from God


My dear people,
let us love one another
since love comes from God
and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
because God is love.
God’s love for us was revealed
when God sent into the world his only Son
so that we could have life through him;
this is the love I mean:
not our love for God,
but God’s love for us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.


Gospel
Mark 6:34-44
The feeding of the five thousand

As Jesus stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length. By now it was getting very late, and his disciples came up to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place and it is getting very late. So send them away, and they can go to the farms and villages round about, to buy themselves something to eat.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ They answered, ‘Are we to go and spend two hundred denarii on bread for them to eat?’ ‘How many loaves have you?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ And when they had found out they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ Then he ordered them to get all the people together in groups on the green grass, and they sat down on the ground in squares of hundreds and fifties. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing; then he broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the people. He also shared out the two fish among them all. They all ate as much as they wanted. They collected twelve basketfuls of scraps of bread and pieces of fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

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