On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 3, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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If we are obedient and faithful unto the Lord our God and keep His commandments then all things shall be given unto us. We shall not want, for His kingdom come, His Will be done.

We shall not tarry but make haste to share the joy of the Gospel as we bring Jesus into the homes of those who still have not encountered Him. Bring His peace and healing. And having encountered our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they too might live free in His love.

And let us always remember to pray together as a family as often as we can in our own homes and to invite Christ Jesus into our hearts. So that we can remain faithful in His love, and His peace reigns in us. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12

David’s dying exhortation to Solomon

As David’s life drew to its close he laid this charge on his son Solomon, ‘I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man. Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God, following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees, as it stands written in the Law of Moses, that so you may be successful in all you do and undertake, so that the Lord may fulfil the promise he made me, “If your sons are careful how they behave, and walk loyally before me with all their heart and soul, you shall never lack for a man on the throne of Israel.”’

    So David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the Citadel of David. David’s reign over Israel lasted forty years: he reigned in Hebron for seven years, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three.

    Solomon was seated upon the throne of David, and his sovereignty was securely established.

Gospel

Mark 6:7-13

‘Take nothing with you’

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

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