Posts Tagged ‘dedicated disciple’


How can we count the cost of our Discipleship?

When our Master, our Lord and Saviour Jesus gave His ALL to us.

For our many sins, wavering faith and many shortcomings, He did not crush us or snuff us out like a worn dying candle flame. Instead He loved us as He breathed new life into us, to live in His light as He dispelled all darkness and freed us!

And so if we say we love Him are following Him, how have we honoured and cherished Him by our actions? Have we washed His feet with our tears of compassion for the poor, sick and suffering, downtrodden, orphans, widows, prisoners?  Have we anointed His feet with our ‘nard’ that is our pure love for Him and for our brethren; such that our service perfumes the air of all those around such that they know it is sign of our Lord’s presence in us? In short have we truly taken up our cross to follow Him?

You are my light and my help Lord, I come to do Your Will. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 42:1-7 ·

Here is my chosen one in whom my soul delights

Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom my soul delights.

I have endowed him with my spirit

that he may bring true justice to the nations.

He does not cry out or shout aloud,

or make his voice heard in the streets.

He does not break the crushed reed,

nor quench the wavering flame.

Faithfully he brings true justice;

he will neither waver, nor be crushed

until true justice is established on earth,

for the islands are awaiting his law.

Thus says God, the Lord,

he who created the heavens and spread them out,

who gave shape to the earth and what comes from it,

who gave breath to its people

and life to the creatures that move in it:

‘I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right;

I have taken you by the hand and formed you;

I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

‘to open the eyes of the blind,

to free captives from prison,

and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.’

Gospel

John 12:1-11

‘She had to keep this scent for the day of my burial’

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table. Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment. Then Judas Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said, ‘Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contributions. So Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone; she had to keep this scent for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.’

    Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.


There is nothing new in the world today or tomorrow in which the living Word of God cannot answer, council and guide us. Whether it is about the pandemic, the rioting and looting, wars, global warming, secularism even atheism. The one and only answer we will ever need is in the way, the Truth and life itself, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Through His Word we are set free, through His Word we can live life to the full in Him.St Paul teaches us that our love and dedication to the Lord our God comes from the wisdom of knowing His Will for us through His Word. It is how we become fully equipped and ready for service of brethren and of Him. It is also how we prepare ourselves to face the challenges and trials that await us.Jesus, Son of the living God, be with us, teach us to fall more deeply in love with Your Word which gives life. Amen

First reading

2 Timothy 3:10-17 ·
Anyone who tries to live in devotion to Christ will be attackedYou know what I have taught, how I have lived, what I have aimed at; you know my faith, my patience and my love; my constancy and the persecutions and hardships that came to me in places like Antioch, Iconium and Lystra – all the persecutions I have endured; and the Lord has rescued me from every one of them. You are well aware, then, that anybody who tries to live in devotion to Christ is certain to be attacked; while these wicked impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and deceived themselves.
You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.

Gospel

Mark 12:35-37
‘David himself calls him Lord’At that time while teaching in the Temple, Jesus said, ‘How can the scribes maintain that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, moved by the Holy Spirit, said:The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit at my right hand. and I will put your enemies under your feet.David himself calls him Lord, in what way then can he be his son?’ And the great majority of the people heard this with delight.