On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 27, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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What dwelling place have we prepared for our Lord within our hearts, bodies and minds? Is it filled with praises of gratitude and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received? It is incensed with our corporal and spiritual acts of mercy for our brethren such that our good works rise up to Him for His glory? Are our faces radiant with the light of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as we share the joy of the Gospel with all that we meet? For these are the signs for all to see that God is truly dwelling in our hearts, we are One with Him as He is One with us.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Amen

Ps 51:10

First reading

2 Samuel 7:18-19,24-29

‘The house of your servant will be blessed for ever’

After Nathan had spoken to him, King David went in and, seated before the Lord, said: ‘Who am I, O Lord, and what is my House, that you have led me as far as this? Yet in your sight, O Lord, this is still not far enough, and you make your promises extend to the House of your servant for a far-distant future. You have constituted your people Israel to be your own people for ever; and you, Lord, have become their God.

    ‘Now, O Lord, always keep the promise you have made your servant and his House, and do as you have said. Your name will be exalted for ever and men will say, “The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel.” The House of your servant David will be made secure in your presence, since you yourself, Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, “I will build you a House”; hence your servant has ventured to offer this prayer to you. Yes, Lord, you are God indeed, your words are true and you have made this fair promise to your servant. Be pleased, then, to bless the House of your servant, that it may continue for ever in your presence; for you, Lord, have spoken; and with your blessing the House of your servant will be for ever blessed.’

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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