On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 11, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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“God does not understand the pain, suffering and challenges we go through for He is God!” Really? Have not entertained such a thought ourselves?

What does our faith teach us? Jesus our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the word made flesh came and dwelt among us. He was fully God as He was fully man! Which means as man, he suffered the same things we do, cuts bruises and so on and was exposed to the same weather conditions. He would have gone through fatigue and tiredness. Faced the very same temptations of being lazy, sexual, greedy, impatient, jealous and so on but only he was not led astray by these temptations. He was sinless because God His Father was always on his mind and how he was on mission to do his Will. To preach that the Kingdom of God was at hand and that repentance will be bring about reconciliation and hope for eternal life through him.

Jesus demonstrated the love and power of God our Heavenly Father by casting our evil spirits from His children and healing them of disease and sickness. Likewise, we have been given the authority to cast out evil spirits and heal in His name, to bring others to realisation that even today we have a living and loving God who loves them dearly at that the Kingdom of God is at hand for them.

Here I am Lord, I come to do Your Will. Amen

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First reading

Hebrews 2:14-18 ·

He took to himself descent from Abraham

Since all the children share the same blood and flesh, Christ too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers so that he could be a compassionate and trustworthy high priest of God’s religion, able to atone for human sins. That is, because he has himself been through temptation he is able to help others who are tempted.

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Gospel

Mark 1:29-39

He cast out devils and cured many who were suffering from disease

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them.

    That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

    In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

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