On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 24, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Yes, by our baptism we are all children of God our Heavenly Father, but what truly sets us apart is always doing His Will for us.  For we cherish the deep personal relationship we have with the Lord our God, not just as sons and daughters of the most High, but brothers and sisters of Christ Jesus our Lord. Yes, Jesus is the Lord of lords, King of kings, yet He who is above all creation call us friends!

How then can we go on living as strangers to the rest of the world? When we are to be his light bearers! The people living in darkness have seen a great light! Matt 4:16 How many of them have seen this great light of Christ through us?

Here I am Lord I’ve come to do Your Will. Amen

Saint Francis de Sales pray for us….

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First reading

Hebrews 10:1-10 ·

Christ’s self-offering sanctifies us

Since the Law has no more than a reflection of these realities, and no finished picture of them, it is quite incapable of bringing the worshippers to perfection, with the same sacrifices repeatedly offered year after year. Otherwise, the offering of them would have stopped, because the worshippers, when they had been purified once, would have no awareness of sins. Instead of that, the sins are recalled year after year in the sacrifices. Bulls’ blood and goats’ blood are useless for taking away sins, and this is what he said, on coming into the world:

You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation,

prepared a body for me.

You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin;

then I said,

just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book,

‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’

Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.

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Gospel

Mark 3:31-35

Who are my mother and my brothers? Those that do the will of God

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.’

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