On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 19, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Blessed are You Lord God of all creation, Your mercy and love endures forever! And I will sing Your praises!

This is how our hearts filled with the joy of our Lord, should awake to greet the Lord our God at the start and the end of our day. He our faithful and ever loving God who remembers not our sins but came for love of us to unite us forever with God our Heavenly Father. For we are truly beloved children of God our Father we must therefore love one another as He loves us.

In today’s Gospel I am reminded that we should ask important question especially in these times of the pandemic. Are we taking the administrative approach such that it prevails over a pastoral one? Have we shifted our focus to our very own survival and have forgotten those who are hungry and thirsty? Are we still counting the cost of savings souls?

Jesus my Master in all that I say and do let it be after Your own heart. Let me love everyone with and in Your love. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 6:10-20
In this hope we have an anchor for our soul

God would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love that you have for his name or the services you have done, and are still doing, for the saints. Our one desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same earnestness to the end, to the perfect fulfilment of our hopes, never growing careless, but imitating those who have the faith and the perseverance to inherit the promises.
When God made the promise to Abraham, he swore by his own self, since it was impossible for him to swear by anyone greater: I will shower blessings on you and give you many descendants. Because of that, Abraham persevered and saw the promise fulfilled. Men, of course, swear an oath by something greater than themselves, and between men, confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God wanted to make the heirs to the promise thoroughly realise that his purpose was unalterable, he conveyed this by an oath; so that there would be two unalterable things in which it was impossible for God to be lying, and so that we, now we have found safety, should have a strong encouragement to take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us. Here we have an anchor for our soul, as sure as it is firm, and reaching right through beyond the veil where Jesus has entered before us and on our behalf, to become a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

Gospel
Mark 2:23-28
The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath

One sabbath day, Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to pick ears of corn as they went along. And the Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing something on the sabbath day that is forbidden?’ And he replied, ‘Did you never read what David did in his time of need when he and his followers were hungry – how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of offering which only the priests are allowed to eat, and how he also gave some to the men with him?’
And he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; the Son of Man is master even of the sabbath.’

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