On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 16, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Again, what does it mean for us that by our baptism we are priests, prophet and king for one another? Shouldn’t our way of thinking change? That we are already empowered to go out and make disciples of all nations? Are our minds renewed such that we have begun to minister to His flock? For such a time as this we are called, and we must act!

Yes, we may not be consecrated priests such as the fathers of the church, but have we dwelled upon our role or rather our priestly function in the laity? Is it not to reconcile those who have lost their way to the Lord our God? To pray for and bring healing for those who are sick and suffering? In body, mind and spirit! To offer ourselves up as living sacrifices so that our Heavenly Father may be glorified.

Bless and anoint me Lord I have come to do your will. Amen

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15 Jan 23 Sunday

So, I arrived early at Church of the Holy Spirit so that I could go for the sacrament of reconciliation. I placed my bag on the seat then went to seat in front at the waiting area just in front of the confessionals. I was praying the Rosary when I saw a (nun) sister without the habit coughing loudly, she lowered her mask and I think to spit out phlegm. She was seated about 10 rows in front of the confessional. I continued to pray the Rosary. Then about five minutes later still coughing she got up and hobbled all the way then sat down beside the guy next to me. I wondered if it was a sign from the Lord highlighting for me to pray for her.

As I was first in line for confession and the priest was about to arrive, I decided to with till after. Fully reconciled, I took courage and sat next to her saying, “Sister can I pray for you?” She looked bewildered and I supposed was caught off guard. So I leaned in to pray for healing in Jesus’s name. She thanked me uttered a “God bless you“

I noticed as she sat a few rows in front to the left of me that she had stopped coughing for a whole 30 minutes. But later coughed softly and less frequently throughout the mass.

Praise the Lord! 🙏❤

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First reading

Hebrews 5:1-10 ·

Although he was Son, he learned to obey through suffering

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.

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Gospel

Mark 2:18-22

‘Why do your disciples not fast?’

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’

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