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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 4, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We must resist sin at all costs, if we want to remain His faithful disciples. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Heb 12:4 Let us make no more excuses, for if we truly love and honour the Lord our God then we will strive for Holiness. Every day we awake in the presence in prayer and attentive listening of His word for us. Our relationship with Him grows as we put our love for Him and brethren into action.

Having grown in our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, it is easy to cry out to others who do not yet know Him, “We have found the Messiah, come and see!” For we are bursting to share the joy of finding the Lord ourselves and living each day in His presence.

Let me be a Shepherd after Your own heart, Lord. Amen


First reading

1 John 3:7-10 ·

No-one sins who has been begotten by God

My children, do not let anyone lead you astray:

to live a holy life

is to be holy just as he is holy;

to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil,

since the devil was a sinner from the beginning.

It was to undo all that the devil has done

that the Son of God appeared.

No one who has been begotten by God sins;

because God’s seed remains inside him,

he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God.

In this way we distinguish the children of God

from the children of the devil:

anybody not living a holy life

and not loving his brother

is no child of God’s.



John 1:35-42

‘We have found the Messiah’

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.

    One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.