On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 4, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Today we are reminded to love as God loves. And how does He love? He so loved us that He laid down His life for us so that we may live free from our sins and in His love. It is not a love of words or an emotion but a life giving love put into action which wills the good in another.

At each and every Eucharistic Celebration, we partake of the Holy Eucharist; the One for all Sacrifice of the Mass and are reminded of God’s great love for us. For He gave of Himself so that we might receive life in us. Having received Jesus, the living, life giving Word made flesh we too can go forth to love others as He first loved us. 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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