On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 15, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Oftentimes we get caught up with physical appearances that we become blind to the beauty of the heart of others not quite as attractive. We choose to see the glaring faults in those who irk us,  have difficulty with everything that they say and do and so treat them as social outcasts. We tend to see ourselves as standing head and shoulders taller than the rest of God our Father’s children!

How quickly we forget the teaching of our Lord who said in the Gospel of John 8:7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Yes indeed we are all sinners in need of the mercy and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He did not come call the virtuous but us sinners.

So then let us turn to Him to take away our empty pride, forgive and free us from our many sins. So that our light will shine once again in the sight of men as we follow after our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen

First reading

1 Samuel 9:1-4,17-19,10:1 ·

The Lord chooses Saul as king; Samuel anoints him

Among the men of Benjamin there was a man named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a man of rank. He had a son named Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people. Now some of the she-donkeys of Saul’s father Kish had strayed, so Kish said to Saul, ‘My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the she-donkeys.’ They passed through the highlands of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but did not find them; they passed through the land of Shaalim, they were not there; they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.

    When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, ‘That is the man of whom I told you; he shall rule my people.’ Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, ‘Tell me, please, where the seer’s house is?’ Samuel replied to Saul, ‘I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You are to eat with me today. In the morning I shall take leave of you and tell you all that is in your heart.’

    Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul’s head; then he kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you prince over his people Israel? You are the man who must rule the Lord’s people, and who must save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them.’

Gospel

Mark 2:13-17

Jesus went out to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

    When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

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