On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 22, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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From the very beginning we were the unfaithful ones, yet the Lord our God remained ever faithful, merciful and loving. In His great undying love for us God our Father established an eternal covenant with us through His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are His Children so loved by Him.

If we so desire as our Lord does, then we too can journey as His companions bringing His light into the World. We like the Apostles will be granted the gifts necessary to be powerful instruments of His Grace, mercy and love for all. The only question that remains for us, is how much are we willing to sacrifice in order to walk in Holiness and fidelity to the Lord our God?

Jesus You are the Lord our God and we are Your people. Your laws are written on our hearts and we them in our minds, Your will be done in our lives now and for all time. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 8:6-13

The first covenant is already old

We have seen that Christ has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises. If that first covenant had been without a fault, there would have been no need for a second one to replace it. And in fact God does find fault with them; he says:

See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks –

when I will establish a new covenant

with the House of Israel and the House of Judah,

but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors

on the day I took them by the hand

to bring them out of the land of Egypt.

They abandoned that covenant of mine,

and so I on my side deserted them. It is the Lord who speaks.

No, this is the covenant I will make

with the House of Israel

when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks.

I will put my laws into their minds

and write them on their hearts.

Then I will be their God

and they shall be my people.

There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour,

or brother to say to brother,

‘Learn to know the Lord.’

No, they will all know me,

the least no less than the greatest,

since I will forgive their iniquities

and never call their sins to mind.

By speaking of a new covenant, he implies that the first one is already old. Now anything old only gets more antiquated until in the end it disappears.

Gospel

Mark 3:13-19

He appointed twelve to be his companions

Jesus went up into the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach, with power to cast out devils. And so he appointed the Twelve: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges or ‘Sons of Thunder’; then Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him.

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