On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 10, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Are we easily swayed by the ways of the world and their beliefs? Why have many left the faith? Perhaps some were looking for a belief system inline with their very own thoughts, logic and reasoning. Others perhaps a less rigid less stifling one with hopes of prosperity, health and wealth.

The underlining truth in these and all others is that they did not have a real relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For they would not have easily forgotten the great love and mercy received from Him. The miracles seen and unseen in their lives and in that of their families!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.(Isaiah 55:8) He the Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. (PS 145:8) He is Lord of all nations and whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Romans 2:11-13 He will give answer when we cry out to Him as the psalmist says “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Ps 18:6

Thank You Jesus for loving me, I adore and Bless You. For by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 11:4-13

For the sake of my servant David, I will leave you one tribe

When Solomon grew old his wives swayed his heart to other gods; and his heart was not wholly with the Lord his God as his father David’s had been. Solomon became a follower of Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians, and of Milcom, the Ammonite abomination. He did what was displeasing to the Lord, and was not a wholehearted follower of the Lord, as his father David had been. Then it was that Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the god of Moab on the mountain to the east of Jerusalem, and to Milcom the god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who offered incense and sacrifice to their gods.

    The Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord the God of Israel who had twice appeared to him and who had then forbidden him to follow other gods; but he did not carry out the Lord’s order. The Lord therefore said to Solomon, ‘Since you behave like this and do not keep my covenant or the laws I laid down for you, I will most surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. For your father David’s sake, however, I will not do this during your lifetime, but will tear it out of your son’s hands. Even so, I will not tear the whole kingdom from him. For the sake of my servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen, I will leave your son one tribe.’

Gospel

Mark 7:24-30

The astuteness of the Syro-Phoenician woman

Jesus left Gennesaret and set out for the territory of Tyre. There he went into a house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not pass unrecognised. A woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him straightaway and came and fell at his feet. Now the woman was a pagan, by birth a Syrophoenician, and she begged him to cast the devil out of her daughter. And he said to her, ‘The children should be fed first, because it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ But she spoke up: ‘Ah yes, sir,’ she replied ‘but the house-dogs under the table can eat the children’s scraps.’ And he said to her, ‘For saying this, you may go home happy: the devil has gone out of your daughter.’ So she went off to her home and found the child lying on the bed and the devil gone.

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