On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 14, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus came for you and me, He is for everyone! There is no sin too great that He will not forgive if we turn to Him. For He came to call sinners and He meets us at where we are. For we are God our Father’s children, and nothing can separate us from the love of God our Father. How then can we no be confident in approaching the throne of grace?

How can we not turn to Him whose life, death and resurrection has set us free? Who transforms and transfigures through the light of His resurrection. So that we can be His light in the world. To sit with sinners and share the joy of the Gospel that too might likewise be set free!

“Let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”  Amen (Matt 5:16)

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First reading

Hebrews 4:12-16

Let us be confident in approaching the throne of grace

The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of ourselves.

    Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.

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Gospel

Mark 2:13-17

Your light must shine in the sight of men

Jesus went out to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

    When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

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