On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 23, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Could we have better prepared ourselves when covid hit our shores? How many lost their lives thinking there was a tomorrow for them? Young or old it did not matter the pandemic would have its way! So then should we constantly live in fear of what tomorrow might bring?

Christians live in the hope of new life in Christ, and so death does not have the last say for us who continually strive to turn away from sin and stay faithful the Gospel. Those who fear death are those who are not living life to the full in Jesus! They fear death because they are likely living in sin! “Live now for there is no tomorrow!” they say, and so they continue to indulge in their sinful lifestyles never truly happy, never satisfied.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Rm 14:8 Let us therefore continue to live as children so loved by God our Heavenly Father keeping in mind that Jesus our Lord had said, “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” Amen
Jn 10:16

First reading
James 4:13-17 ·


You cannot know what will happen tomorrow

Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: ‘Today or tomorrow, we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and make some money.’
You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most you should ever say is: ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or that.’ But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t do it commits a sin.

Gospel
Mark 9:38-40


You must not stop anyone from working miracles in my name

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.’

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