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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 8, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Lord Jesus if You want to You can cure me.

Of my habitual sins and my addictions which robs me from fullness of life in You.

Lord Jesus if You want to You can cure me.

Of Spiritual blindness when I cannot see the wonders of Your love and glory. When I fail to see and tend to those in need.

Lord Jesus if You want to You can cure me.

Of my prideful ways that prevents me from serving You and my brethren in humble servitude and love, for Your greater glory.

Lord Jesus I know that You want cure me, but it is I who have resisted Your loving embrace. I who thought too highly of myself to pay You proper homage. Lord Jesus I lay prostrate before You. In Your mercy and love, heal me, make me whole; that I may serve and honour You all the days of my life. Amen

First reading
1 John 5:5-13
There are three witnesses: the Spirit and the water and the blood


Who can overcome the world?
Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:
Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,
not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness –
since the Spirit is the truth – so that there are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and all three of them agree.
We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son.
Everybody who believes in the Son of God
has this testimony inside him; and anyone who will not believe God is making God out to be a liar, because he has not trusted the testimony God has given about his Son.
This is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son; anyone who has the Son has life,
anyone who does not have the Son does not have life.

I have written all this to you so that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may be sure that you have eternal life.


Gospel
Luke 5:12-16
‘If you want to, you can cure me’

Jesus was in one of the towns when a man appeared, covered with leprosy. Seeing Jesus he fell on his face and implored him. ‘Sir,’ he said ‘if you want to, you can cure me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, ‘Of course I want to! Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once. He ordered him to tell no one, ‘But go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering for your healing as Moses prescribed it, as evidence for them.’
    His reputation continued to grow, and large crowds would gather to hear him and to have their sickness cured, but he would always go off to some place where he could be alone and pray.