On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 12, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The evil one wants to prevent you from being present at Holy Eucharist for He knows “If this people continues to go up to the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices, the people’s heart will turn back again to their Lord” If we partake of the Holy Sacrifice then our hearts, minds and souls are One with Him in Holy Communion!

So what does the evil one and his minions who prowl through the earth seeking the ruin of souls do? They whisper in your ear….”Oh it’s raining no need to get wet in trying to get to Church, God will understand.” “Online mass is good enough and it not meant for only those who have a legitimate reason for not attending in person,  dispensation has been given for all!” “Too troublesome to register at a Parish! Too difficult to book for a slot to attend Mass!” “Too far to travel” “Too risky in these times of the pandemic.”

Yet what did Jesus say to us? “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day” Jn 6:35, 54

In His great mercy and love, He died for us to give us life. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith it is the supreme gift of His love for us. For the Lord gives of Himself to us, body, blood, soul and divinity. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 12:26-32,13:33-34

The prophecy of the separation of Israel

Jeroboam thought to himself, ‘As things are, the kingdom will revert to the House of David. If this people continues to go up to the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices, the people’s heart will turn back again to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah, and they will put me to death.’ So the king thought this over and then made two golden calves; he said to the people, ‘You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, Israel; these brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ He set up one in Bethel and the people went in procession all the way to Dan in front of the other. He set up the temple of the high places and appointed priests from ordinary families, who were not of the sons of Levi. Jeroboam also instituted a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth of the month, like the feast that was kept in Judah, and he went up to the altar. That was how he behaved in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made; and at Bethel he put the priests of the high places he had established.

    Jeroboam did not give up his wicked ways but went on appointing priests for the high places from the common people. He consecrated as priests of the high places any who wished to be. Such conduct made the House of Jeroboam a sinful House, and caused its ruin and extinction from the face of the earth.

Gospel

Mark 8:1-10

The feeding of the four thousand

A great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. If I send them off home hungry they will collapse on the way; some have come a great distance.’ His disciples replied, ‘Where could anyone get bread to feed these people in a deserted place like this?’ He asked them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said. Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them among the crowd. They had a few small fish as well, and over these he said a blessing and ordered them to be distributed also. They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected seven basketfuls of the scraps left over. Now there had been about four thousand people. He sent them away and immediately, getting into the boat with his disciples, went to the region of Dalmanutha.

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