On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 28, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. How do we this? By being committed to one another and to our Lord Jesus Christ by entering into His presence as One Body through our prayer meetings and fellowship in Him. If we absent ourselves then we absent ourselves from our Lord Himself and the grace then He wants to bestow on us during our meetings. Keeping this in mind is how we give an account of ourselves to Him and to one another.

Praise, thanks and glory be to God that even in this challenging times we are able to meet via video conferencing to continue to stir in another a response of love and good works by gathering as One Body in His presence! But how is it that many still continue to absent themselves? How is it that during a prayer or community meeting in His name we turn our videos off and choose to mute ourselves even when we need to give a response? For some there might be extenuating circumstances that require them to do so while it is still their desire to listen in but how can it be that perhaps out of ten logged in, seven are doing so? It is not a formation talk or lecture we are attending but a meeting of mind, body and spirit in the presence of our Lord!! How then can we all be a light for Christ if we are not even prepared to be a light for one another? How can we share the good news of our salvation to the rest of the world when our behaviour towards one another serves as contrary witness!

Sisters and brothers let us never take one another or the Lord our God for granted.  Let us keep firm in the hope we profess through our words and deeds, in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

St Thomas Aquinas Pray for us…..

First reading

Hebrews 10:19-25

Let us keep firm in the hope we profess

Through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as some do, but encourage each other to go; the more so as you see the Day drawing near.

Gospel

Mark 4:21-25

A lamp is to be put on a lampstand. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given

Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Would you bring in a lamp to put it under a tub or under the bed? Surely you will put it on the lamp-stand? For there is nothing hidden but it must be disclosed, nothing kept secret except to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to this.’

    He also said to them, ‘Take notice of what you are hearing. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given – and more besides; for the man who has will be given more; from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’

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